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Pest Control for Centipedes


Centipedes are distinguishable from other pests due to their many pairs of legs. House centipedes, the most commonly found in North America, range anywhere from 2.5 to 5 cm in length, and have a yellowish brown body with black stripes down their backs. Despite being visually unappealing, centipedes pose little to no health threat to humans. They are unable to carry disease, and their venom is not poisonous. Centipedes seek high moisture environments like basements, bathrooms, or outdoor gardens. They are also known for entering homes in mid to late fall when the temperature begins to drop to seek shelter during the winter months. The presence of a centipede or two may not impose a major threat, but large populations can encourage the presence of other insects and create an unclean environment for homeowners. For safe and effective centipede control, trust Skedaddle’s experienced team of experts to protect your home.

Identify & Eliminate

Centipedes live and breed in damp areas around the home, including gardens, basements, bathrooms and closets. They are nocturnal, preying on other insects like spiders, worms and other arthropods during the night time. Provided they can avoid predators and the elements, centipedes can live up to six years. Based on their location, the size of the population and the number of populations found within the home, Skedaddle technicians will determine the best course of action and develop a custom plan to eliminate them.

Adult centipedes may not be difficult to identify, but eggs and larvae are much more tricky to find. It’s important to remove all signs of centipedes to properly control an infestation. Skedaddle technicians will survey your home for signs of active and growing centipede populations, and use a number of pest control techniques to eliminate them.

Clean & Control

Controlling a centipede population can be difficult without the proper training and experience. While centipedes are helpful in controlling other insect populations, they come with their own set of issues. The presence of centipedes can be unnerving for home and business owners, and a large enough centipede population can indicate an even larger population of additional pests for them to feed on. Disinfecting and removing centipedes is an important step in Skedaddle’s process. Using a combination of repellant, moisture control, and sealing the home against future entry by closing off any small cracks and crevices, we can restore a pest free, clean environment for your family.

Monitor & Protect

Homeowners can help to protect their home from centipedes by maintaining a low moisture environment. By utilizing dehumidifiers, removing shrubs and mulch from around the home, and fixing leaky faucets or pipes in a timely matter you will make your home less appealing to centipedes. The presence of large centipede populations is an indicator that there are other pest related issues within the structure. Skedaddle’s Four Seasons Pest Control program protects your home from insects year-round, creating a pest free environment for you and your family.