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With anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs, centipedes are some of the creepiest critters on the planet. Their long, flat bodies contain a pair of legs per segment, which allows for speedy movement and a good range of motion. They come in many colors, but most centipedes are brown, orange or red. They can be found in moist, dark environments. If you’ve been spotting these bugs in or around your home, contact the experts at Burns Pest Elimination today.

A centipede sighting is enough to make your skin crawl! These creepy critters can have anywhere from 15-177 pairs of legs, with a single pair of legs on each segment of their flat bodies. The legs on the first segment are not used for walking but instead as venomous fangs called forcipules and are unique to centipedes, used to inject paralyzing venom into prey. They are carnivorous creatures that hunt for food at night – usually spiders, worms, and small vertebrates.

These hunting insects prefer moist, dark, secluded areas and often show up in homes in bathtubs or sinks. They do not travel around during the daytime and can be found in damp areas around bathrooms, closets, and basements.

Infestations of centipedes are virtually undetectable and are usually brought to the attention of homeowners from a direct sighting. Since these insects are active at night, and move quickly – you may have an infestation and be unaware of it.

Some precautionary measures you can take to prevent pests from entering and breeding in your home are:

  • reducing moisture (ex: repairing water leaks, removing any standing water, using dehumidifiers, etc.)
  • reducing clutter that can provide shelter for pests
  • sealing holes, cracks, and crevices that provide entry to your home
  • treating your home for insects that provide food source to larger insects such as centipedes (ex: flies, spiders, etc).

If you suspect you may have centipedes in your home, or would like peace of mind, call us for an in home inspection. Our professional can help you identify vulnerabilities in your home that can lead to infestation and suggest a plan of treatment.