What are centipedes?
Centipedes have flattened worm-like bodies. Their body is segmented, and they have one pair of legs on each segment. Depending on the size and species of centipede, the number of legs they have can vary. Most centipedes have between 15 and 177 pairs of legs. These pests use their many legs to scurry quickly from place to place.
These critters also have long antennae, and the first pair of legs end in sharp claws; their claws help centipedes grab hold of their prey to inject their venom and paralyze them. Let Maple Lane Pest Control help you rid your Warren home of these pests!
Are centipedes dangerous?
Centipedes can bite people, and their venom is strong enough to cause harm to a person by triggering an allergic reaction. Though centipedes aren't aggressive toward people, accidental bites can occur. Not only is their venom a potential problem, but centipede bites, in general, are painful. The good news is that though bites are possible, they aren't a huge threat to people.
Another potential problem or danger is that when centipedes are in your home, there are openings in the exterior that can not only allow centipedes inside but other more problematic pests.
Why do I have a centipede problem?
Centipedes are in our yards because the gardens, flowerbeds, trash cans, woodpiles, and the soil under mulch provide them with a damp place to live and easy access to insect prey.
When centipedes live near our homes, it is common for them to migrate inside either while following insect prey or, more likely, because the weather outside has become too hot and dry for them to be comfortable.
Where will I find centipedes?
Centipedes are pests with high moisture needs. When centipedes get into a home, they typically gather in areas that provide them with a constant source of moisture. Kitchens, bathrooms, basement, crawl spaces, and laundry rooms offer centipedes damp, dark hiding spots they are looking for.
Hiding spots include:
- Spaces under sinks
- Near drains
- Behind large appliances
- Under areas of clutter
How do I get rid of centipedes?
While centipedes aren't the most problematic pests you will come up against, they do not belong in our Michigan properties. If you are experiencing pest problems in your Warren home or business, reach out to us at Maple Lane Pest Control.
We are a family-owned and operated pest control company in Macomb County dedicated to keeping household pests from taking over properties in Macomb County. With over 40 years of experience in the pest control industry, you can trust us to provide you with the most effective commercial pest control and home exterminator services. We know that pest control isn't a one-size-fits-all business and will work with you to ensure we meet the needs of your property.
For help ridding your property of unwanted centipedes, give us a call today!
How can I prevent centipedes in the future?
Partnering with a professional is your best bet to prevent centipedes and other household pests from taking over your property. Professionals can provide the routine services necessary to stop centipedes before they have the chance to take over.
In addition to professional pest control, doing the following things will make your property less attractive to centipedes:
- Create a crushed stone barrier between any mulch and your foundation.
- Rake back leaves, weeds, and other vegetation from your foundation.
- Make sure gutters are in good working order and repair leaky outdoor spigots or hoses to prevent excess moisture from attracting centipedes to your home.
- Never place woodpiles near your home's exterior walls.
- Remove leaf piles, brush, and other yard debris that collects moisture from your property.
- Store trash cans and recycling bins up off the ground and a distance away from your house.