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The House Centipede

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The house centipede

It is likely that you have seen the common house centipede before -- they can be a frightening sight. These pests have slender bodies and what appears to be hundreds of legs sprouting out every part of their bodies. While centipedes can bite humans, fortunately, their bite is not dangerous (unless you are allergic). The common house centipede can be found in Utah homes especially when other insects such as termites, bed bugs, or other small bugs are present.

Why are centipedes coming into my home?

Two of the house centipede's legs, located near the head and mouth, carry venom that they use to sting their prey. Their venom is potent for smaller insects such as silverfish and termites. They are also capable of holding multiple prey in their legs and if they get any of their legs caught, the centipede can break its leg off and run away. Because they don't build webs or traps, house centipedes are active hunters. They seek out their prey and either use their legs to jump on the intended prey or wrap them around it in a technique that experts have called "lassoing." You are more likely to have house centipedes in your home when you have other insect infestations. This is because the centipedes know that they can find food. If you are able of getting rid of other pests, you are more likely to not have a centipede infestations or you will be able to get rid of centipede infestations.

How can I keep centipedes from coming into my home?

  • Because house centipedes feed on other household pests such as cockroaches, flies, and small spiders, try getting rid of these pests first
  • Clear your yard of clutter, dead leaves, and other items where insects love to hide
  • Remove any standing water from around your house. Pests need a water source to survive and breed
  • Inspect the outside of your foundation, walls, and roof area and seal up any gaps or cracks using a caulking gun. Insects only need the tiniest of gaps to squeeze into your home
  • Replace or repair any broken screens or door sweeps. Not only do insects easily get in through these, but rodents can as well
  • Keep your home free of food particles. Clean thoroughly. Keep food stored in tightly sealed containers or in the fridge. Only put pet food down during mealtimes. Pests are less likely to stay in your home if you feed them
  • Repair any leaky pipes, sinks, tubs, or toilets
  • Keep your home as dry as possible with the use of fans or dehumidifiers. Most pests thrive in moist environments

We are here to help!

Utah house centipedes are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, but if they are in your house, it is likely because there are other pests that are dangerous to your family. German cockroaches spread diseases, contaminate food, and can cause asthma. Flies spread bacteria. Spiders, such as black widows, can be deadly. If you have a house centipede infestation, give us a call.  We service homes around Utah, including Saint George, Cedar City, Washington, Dammeron Valley, Diamond Valley, Parowan, Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, Enoch, Santa Clara, Ivins, and Salt Lake City.

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