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Centipede Identification


What are centipedes?

Centipedes are easily recognized by their many legs and although their name means “100 legs”, centipedes have one set of legs per segment of their body and the number ranges somewhere from 15 to 177 legs total. Their segmented bodies are long and flat and can range from 1/8 of an inch to 6 inches in length. House centipedes are yellowish to dark brown and may have darker stripes or markings and are found throughout the entire United States.

a centipede crawling in the dirt outside of a home in souderton pennsylvania

Why do I have them?

Centipedes actually prefer dark, damp places outdoors and can be found under stones, in rotting logs, in mulch, or yard clippings. If the correct conditions exist indoors, they can be found in basements, closets, crawl spaces, or any area where other insects are found. They hide in cracks and crevices during the day and feed at night on silverfish, carpet beetle larvae, cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, or other small arthropods.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes actually have the ability to bite and contain poisonous venom. The poison from their fangs, which are actually their first set of legs, is used to kill insects, which are their primary food. To a human, a bite feels like that of a bee sting and can be painful, but there are no long-lasting effects.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

Centipedes can be difficult to control because of their elusive nature and their ability to hide in the smallest of cracks and crevices. A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of centipedes and recommend one of our home pest management plans to help you get rid of centipedes.

Can I do it myself?

Centipedes are not pests many homeowners have much success eradicating. Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays to rid your property of centipedes simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective. Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets, or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families, or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.  

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose one of our comprehensive pest control programs to ensure centipedes stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides pest control services in West Chester, Telford, Franconia, and throughout the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery counties as well as parts of the Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties.

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