Centipedes are a common household pest. In addition to simply being gross to look at, centipedes can be quite the nuisance pest. Centipedes have a rounded or flattened head, bearing a pair of antennae at the forward margin. Despite the name, they can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Although nocturnal you can usually find these insects around the perimeter of your home or in your crawl space. Centipedes may not be the most dangerous pest problem, but they can be very annoying to deal with. No one wants to deal with these insects in their home! The centipede removal pros at Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control are here to share need-to-known information on these unique insects, including habits, prevention, and more.
Centipedes belong to the botanical phylum of Arthropoda, which also includes crustaceans, arachnids, and insects. Arthropods are invertebrates and have a protective exoskeleton, a body with several segments and feet with joints. Centipedes are terrestrial and look like worms but with a flatter segmented body and a pair of legs on each segment. They are often confused with millipedes, which are more rounded and have four legs on each of the segments of its body. The legs of the centipede are much longer than that of a millipede giving it the ability to move much faster. When threatened, centipedes seek refuge in the nearest dark place such as cracks and crevices, beneath the bark of firewood or under anything in its path unlike millipedes, which form a tight coil when disturbed.
A number of species of centipedes are found in Canada and range from a length of 2.5 cm to around 8 cm. House centipedes frequent damp, dark places and are commonly found near drains, basements, and bathrooms. Other centipedes found outdoors live under stones, fallen leaves, or in soil, also stray into houses when the weather gets too cold. The seaweed found in the intertidal zones is home to a couple of centipede species.
Centipedes are more active at night. They possess poison glands and can inject poison through their bite. The bite of house centipedes is not strong enough to break through the skin of human beings. Other species can inflict bites on human beings and pets. The bite is not worse than a mild bee sting with the effects of the bite wearing off within a few hours. Centipedes generally are not hostile towards human beings but may bite if disturbed suddenly.
No one wants centipedes on their property! There are several things you can do to prevent and control these insects. Some of the tips from our house centipede extermination experts are:
In Vancouver, centipedes are a very common pest for homeowners. If you have them, it’s best to enlist the help of a centipede control expert such as Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control. Our centipede removal team will thoroughly inspect your home or business for signs of centipedes before developing the best control plan for your infestation. House centipede treatment will consist of a light residual spray to all active areas and perimeters of the affected unit. To learn more about how we can keep you centipede-free, contact our team today!
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