Centipedes and Millipedes

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In the warmer months of June and July, you might unexpectedly cross paths with a centipede or millipede, as both creatures prefer moist environments leading them to your bathroom, basement, and any other damp spot in your home. Although you’ll find these arthropods in the same areas of your home or business with similar appearances, there are differences between the two. 

How to Identify Centipedes and Millipedes

Centipedes and millipedes can vary in color but are typically brown or black with a bit of red and occasional markings. Similarly, they have antennae and an abundant amount of legs—embodying the classic image of a horror-inducing creepy-crawler. Both vary in size and appear long and wormlike, though centipedes are flat while millipedes are cylindrical.

Differences Between Centipedes vs. Millipedes 

The key visual difference between a centipede and a millipede is its legs. While they both have segmented bodies, centipedes have one pair of legs for each body segment, but millipedes have two pairs of legs for each segment. 

The two arthropods have behavioral differences as well. Centipedes are carnivores that prey on other pests, but millipedes are herbivores and detritivores that eat dead or decaying organic matter. When they feel threatened, centipedes typically run away quickly but can also bite if handled by humans. On the other hand, millipedes coil up while secreting a stinky scent. 

How to Prevent Centipedes and Millipedes in Arizona

The best way to prevent both pests is to minimize moisture inside and outside of your home. Make sure there is proper air ventilation in spaces such as basements, attics, and crawlspaces, and seal any holes or openings to the outdoors. Remove piles of leaves, stones, or logs that may provide the perfect damp home for centipedes or millipedes surrounding your property. 

Schedule a Centipede or Millipede Inspection with Burns

Centipedes and millipedes might usually mind their business, but no one wants either of these many-legged critters up in their business or residence. Don’t allow centipedes or millipedes to take over your Arizona or Nevada space: Contact our team of pest control professionals if you have an infestation of either centipedes or millipedes. Don’t know which pest it is? Go ahead and schedule your free inspection with Burns Pest Elimination today to kick them out.

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