What are Centipedes?

Centipedes are a frightening, unsightly pest that lurks in corners of homes. Centipedes have a long, thin, flattened, elongated body with one pair of short, skinny legs that extend from each segment. Centipedes can be found in sizes ranging from one-half inches to six inches. They are typically yellowish-gray, brown or brown in color. The majority of them are between an inch and an inch and a quarter.

A centipede also has a long antenna, first pair of sharp claws and a pair of legs with sharp claws. These predators use their claws and inject venom into victims to paralyze them.

Centipedes can be helpful as predators by helping to control the population of nuisance insects. However, unwanted pests can be created when large numbers of these arthropods invade our homes and gardens.

What kinds of centipedes are there?

creepy centipede curled up on a leaf

The Behavior and Habitat of Centipedes

They are hiding where?

In winter, adult centipedes prefer to hide in dark, moist and isolated areas. In spring or summer, they place eggs on moist soil. When they become adults, centipedes develop a full set of legs and additional segments. The majority of centipedes can live more than one year, while some may live up to six.


Although they may be allowed to enter buildings and houses, centipedes do not roam freely during the day. Centipedes can move fast, are agile, and are nocturnal. They are attracted to damp places such as basements, closets, basements, and other areas that are infested with pests.

What are they eating?

Centipedes are carnivorous, and eat soft-bodied insects, spiders and worms. Learn more about and what they eat.

How about damage?

Centipedes will not eat wood. Arthropods, commonly known as centipedes that eat wood, are milipedes. Millipedes resemble centipedes in that they are herbivores. However, millipedes eat dead or decaying plant material such as wood and cellulose.

Are they willing to bite?

Centipedes can be venomous. Centipedes are venomous and can attack prey, defend themselves against predators, and protect themselves from other natural enemies. Although the bite of centipedes isn't life-threatening, it can cause severe pain.


Centipedes can survive for up to six years if they are able escape predators and their environment is conducive to their survival. This is the longest lifespan of any arthropod.


Some centipedes possess compound eyes that contain as many as 200 optical units. Others do not. All centipedes have poor eyesight. They track their prey by touch and smell.

How to get rid of my Centipede problem?

Centipedes can be classified as a variety of Arthropods, with many behavioral characteristics. If centipedes become an issue, contact your local Alta Pest Control professional to request an inspection.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

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Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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Centipedes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes can be a nuisance, but they are not dangerous. As a defense mechanism, they can inflict painful bites on people. Centipedes are primarily nuisance pests. They can also be difficult to control and annoying to manage.

Do I have a Centipedes problem?

Centipedes will hunt in places where there is moisture. Centipede problems can be caused by a moisture problem or an insect problem in your home.

Centipedes love the soil and landscaping materials around our homes, such as rocks, mulch, and railroad ties. It is easy for centipedes to move in and out of our homes by living close to them. These pests will move indoors when it is too hot or dry.

Where will I find Centipedes?

One of the most popular hiding places for centipedes in nature is under rotting logs. They like to hide in tall grasses, under rocks and under piles or leaves of decaying vegetation.

Centipedes can hide in areas around homes such as under shrubbery, landscaping ties and woodpiles.

Centipedes will move inward to find moisture-rich areas. These are the most common hiding places for centipedes:

  • Cabinets below sinks
  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements
  • Sump pumps and drains in the vicinity
  • Wall voids close to plumbing pipes

How do I get rid of Centipedes?

Alta Pest Control, a local family-owned company, is the best option to remove centipedes from your home. You can rest assured that your pest problems won't return and we offer quick response times. Our experts provide high-quality pest control services with the most up-to-date products to eradicate centipedes from your home. Find out why Alta Pest Control is the preferred pest control company for your neighborhood. Give us a shout today!

How can I prevent Centipedes in the future?

Partner with Alta Pest Control to prevent problems with centipedes. Also, follow these prevention tips:

  • By keeping your home's perimeter dry, centipedes will not be able to get into it. Keep your gutters clean, trim overgrown shrubbery, and create a barrier between the soil or mulch and your foundation.
  • Take out any decaying wood pieces from your property, such as fallen trees, stumps, piles or leaves, and brush piles.
  • Leakage in your pipes outside or inside your house?
  • Cut back your lawn and remove any weeds from your foundation.
  • Repair cracks in your foundation and place door sweeps on exterior doors to make moving easier.
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to keep the interior dry.


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