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House Centipede Control & ID

Class: Insect
Other names:
Thousand-legger, hundred-legger
Yellow to brown with three dark stripes along its length
Between .5 to 1.5 inches
30 (15 pairs)
Spiders, ants, flies, crickets, cockroach nymphs, and other small insects
Natural Predators:
Wolf spiders, small mammals that eat insects such as shrews
Interesting Fact: 
If grabbed by a predator, house centipedes can shed their legs and regrow them later.

How to Identify a House Centipede

Many people refer to them as thousand-leggers or hundred-leggers, but house centipedes actually have just 15 pairs of legs when they’re fully mature. That’s more than enough to make them scary-looking, however, and they’re definitely not something you want to see scuttling across your basement floor when you turn the lights on.

A house centipede’s extended leg pairs and antennas make it look a lot longer and bigger than its true size, which is between 0.5 and 1.5 inches. Unfortunately, once you see house centipedes running along floors, up walls or on ceilings, you may have long-term visitors, since they can live up to six years. They don’t need to go outdoors at all, but can complete their entire life cycle indoors.

Where Do Centipedes Live

House centipedes don’t cause any real damage, and their food source is other insects such as spiders, ants, and similar household pests. But their presence may indicate that you have a moisture problem, since they love dark and damp areas like sump pumps, basement bathrooms, and wet crawl spaces.

Touching a house centipede won’t usually harm you; only the bite of larger species— uncommon in this area—can penetrate human skin. These bites can feel like a bee sting, causing some people to have an allergic reaction that leads to swelling and pain. Even though they’re not dangerous, thousand leggers are always unpleasant to have around.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Centipedes

Though we recommend calling in one of our professionals to eliminate these creatures from your home, there are some things you can do to prevent them coming in the first place and to get them to leave.

  • Keep damp spots in your home dry.
  • Keep wood piles and leaves away from your foundation.
  • Install a dehumidifier in moist areas.
  • Ventilate crawl spaces to ensure adequate air circulation.

Still having problems? Call Brody Brothers to evict these unwelcome guests.

  • We’ll identify the sources of moisture to eliminate the damp spots where house centipedes like to live.
  • We’ll treat your home for secondary infestations of spiders, ants and other insects to remove centipedes’ food source.
  • We’ll seal the cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home to prevent them from getting in and treat the exterior walls to keep them away.

Don’t get surprised again by these multi-legged invaders. Call us today at 410-653-2121 or contact us online to send them packing!

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