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Centipedes Appearance and Size Facts

Centipedes are arthropods with elongated bodies and numerous legs commonly found in humid environments across Florida. While they play a vital role in controlling other pest populations, their presence indoors can be unsettling for homeowners.

Centipedes typically display drab coloration, combining shades of brown and red. Some subterranean species may lack coloration altogether, while tropical species may exhibit bright aposematic colors as a warning signal. They vary in size, ranging from under one inch to over 11 inches for certain tropical species. While they closely resemble their cousins, millipedes, a key characteristic of centipedes is a pair of venom claws or forcipules formed from a modified first appendage, emphasizing their predatory nature.

Distinguishing Centipedes From Other Arthropods

Distinguishing centipedes from other arthropods may be challenging for the untrained eye. However, their unique features, such as elongated bodies, numerous legs, and venom claws, set them apart. If uncertain, seeking professional assistance for accurate identification is recommended.

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Behavior and Habitat of

Centipedes, predominantly beneficial in outdoor environments, may become nuisances indoors. They are commonly found in soil, leaf litter, under stones, inside logs, and other secluded places. 

  • Predatory nature. Centipedes are exclusively predatory, using their venom claws to capture and subdue prey.
  • Breeding and courtship. Reproductive strategies vary, with males depositing spermatophores for females. Some species undertake courtship dances, while others leave spermatophores for females to find.

Like other pests, centipedes will enter your home in search of food and shelter to reproduce, presenting the risk of infestation.

Signs of Infestation of

While centipedes are not typically considered household pests, they will go practically anywhere in search of food. Their slender bodies allow them to fit through cracks and gaps in your walls, so keep a vigilant eye out for them.

Tips for Prevention of

Preventing centipedes from becoming household nuisances involves maintaining a dry, balanced environment. Without sources of food, water, and shelter, centipedes will be less likely to come indoors. Some preventive measures include:

  • Moisture control. Reduce moisture in and around the home to discourage centipedes, especially in basements, garages, and crawl spaces.
  • Seal entry points. Identify and seal cracks, gaps, and openings to prevent centipedes from entering living spaces.

Getting Rid of Centipedes

Effective control of centipedes may involve professional assistance, especially if the infestation is significant. An occasional sighting of a centipede indoors may not indicate systemic trouble, but if you see several in a short period of time, it may be an indication of an early infestation. Once they decide to establish themselves in your home, you will need an expert pest technician to ensure they are all eliminated. 

Effective Centipede Control Solutions

Hulett Environmental Services offers specialized pest control solutions designed to address centipede issues. Our team conducts thorough inspections, identifies specific pests in your home, and tailors treatment plans to resolve the situation quickly and efficiently.

For over 50 years, Hulett has been your trusted partner in pest control and prevention. Schedule your free inspection today, and let us help you maintain a pest-free environment for you and your family. Call Hulett Environmental services.