If you own a home, you most likely have used home pest control services to rid your space of roaches, ants, or even rodents at one point. House centipedes may not be as common as certain pests, but they can still affect your home and health. Unfortunately, most homeowners are not familiar with these unattractive pests.
Centipede Myths and Facts
They Don’t Have 100 Legs
One of the first things you will notice when you see a centipede scurrying across a surface in your home is their legs. These pests do have many legs, but they don’t have 100 of them. House centipedes actually only have 15 pairs of legs. Including the body, legs, and antennae, house centipedes can measure up to 3 or 4 inches in length.
They Are Nocturnal
The thought of centipedes moving around your home at night can be frightening, but you shouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. In most cases, these pests are only searching for food, since their favorite meals will also be out and about at night. Centipedes feed off other nocturnal pests like cockroaches, ants, silverfish, spiders, bed bugs, and termites. If you have one or more of these insects in your home, you most likely have a few centipedes, as well.
Thankfully, home pest control can inspect and treat your home for all types of insects, including centipedes and their midnight snacks.
They Can Bite
A centipede bite may feel similar to a bee sting. If you have allergic reactions to bee stings or other insects, the poison from the centipede’s bite can also be dangerous. To reduce your risk of a centipede bite, avoid stepping on one. In addition, do not try and catch one on your own. Centipedes move quickly, which reduces your ability to catch one without being bitten.
They Can Be Controlled
When you realize you have an issue with centipedes in your home, it is important to contact a professional home pest control service. After an initial consultation, the experts will offer suggestions on how to kill centipedes and prevent future issues with these insects and other pests. An application of an insecticide is an effective and efficient way to eradicate a centipede issue. The insecticide is applied to cracks in your home’s foundation, walls, and baseboards. This will ensure all entry spots are treated with the insecticide, killing centipedes as they try to enter your home.
To prevent future issues, you should inspect your home and surrounding area for signs of moisture. Remove pots, planters, and toys that may have a buildup of moisture, since these are appealing areas for centipedes and other insects. Also, make sure to trim overgrown plants and mow your grass regularly to reduce the risk of centipedes and other insects around your house.
To learn more about centipedes and how home pest control can help, contact Safe Pro Pest in Frisco, TX today at (972) 435-0700.
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