Centipedes

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What are centipedes?

Centipedes come in a variety of sizes ranging from one-eighths of an inch to 6 inches in length. Because of their names, centipedes can easily be assumed to have 100 legs, but the number actually ranges from 30 to 354 individual legs. The most common form of centipede throughout New Castle and the nearby areas is known as the house centipede, and it has a distinct black and yellow striped body. These pests can be found invading homes all across Delaware and throughout the surrounding states.

Crawling centipede

Are centipedes dangerous?

At first glance, a centipede gives off the appearance of being a dangerous apex predator. In reality, however, centipedes are capable of inflicting a bite about as painful as a bee sting and do not normally pose any major health risks. That said, their bites can be more dangerous to allergic individuals. We recommend consulting with your doctor to find out just how a centipede bite would affect you.

Why do I have centipede problems?

By nature, centipedes are drawn to dark and damp areas and may invade your home to find a damp, secluded harborage space. These pests are also drawn into homes by the food they hunt; this happens at night where centipedes will emerge from hiding to search for insects such as silverfish, cockroaches, or carpet beetles.

Why do I have centipedes in and around my property?

By nature, centipedes are drawn to dark and damp areas and may invade your home or business to find damp, secluded spaces. These pests are also drawn into properties by the food they hunt; this happens at night where centipedes will emerge from hiding to search for insects such as silverfish, cockroaches, or carpet beetles.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

If you are dealing with centipedes around your home, call the local exterminators at Green Pest Management. Once we have evaluated your home for pest activity through our initial inspection, we'll then treat the exterior of your home. Our treatment method includes both a granular and a spray-on repellent designed to exclude a number of pests, including centipedes. Our methods are fast, safe, effective, and always put your needs first. If you have a pest problem on your hands or would like to learn more about our centipede control options, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We'd be happy to treat your home and provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.

How can I prevent centipedes in the future?

Dealing with centipedes on your own can be a difficult, and usually frustrating, task. This is due to the way centipedes invade and the pitfalls of store-bought pest control products. In fact, we strongly advise against using store-bought pesticides, as they have been known to cause harm to people and pets, especially if used improperly. If you have centipedes crawling around your home or business, your best solution is always to reach out to the professionals here at Green Pest Management.