One Hundred Feet of Hassle: The Annoyance of the Common Centipede

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The name centipede would have you imagine horrific nightmare creatures with a hundred legs, the truth is that they have anywhere between 17 to 150 pairs of them depending on the size and age of the particular centipede. Classified as arthropods, they are distinguished by their flat, segmented bodies that can run anything from a gray to a brownish yellow coloration. Each of their square-ish segments has one pair of legs. They vary in size, too. These can be anywhere between one inch to over 6 inches long. Though they have poor eyesight, they move rapidly. They are also exclusively carnivorous, praying on other insects and even spiders.

Where the Centipedes Are

Centipedes are generally found in the gardens and like to dwell in dark and damp areas like under stones, in leaf and mulch piles and within rotting logs. It’s not so much the place itself but the conditions of these places that attract them the most. So expect them to make their way into your homes if you have areas that are analogous to their favorite haunts—and if you leave an opening for them to enter into your homes. After that, they can make their way into basements, closets, bathrooms, crawl spaces and closets.

Centipedes look terrifying. They’re look like something out of a monster movie, and the biggest danger that they pose is that their bite is venomous. Thankfully, their bites are never fatal for humans. They are, however, exceedingly painful. This feels similar to a bee’s sting and this is especially true for your kids if they’re bitten. Typically, this venom is used to paralyze their prey in order to feed. It’s because we are much larger than their typical targets that we aren’t as heavily affected as their prey can get. 

Centipedes Do Bite

Unlike other pests, they don’t thrive in dirt or mess, so in a sense they don’t pose any immediate dangers if you neglect your cleaning. It won’t hurt, however, to be a little bit more organized to leave them with little to no place to snuggle into and hide. They aren’t particularly aggressive either and won’t attack for the sake of attacking. However, it always pays to be careful. Your children might be harmed in a lasting and extremely painful way and—while their lives aren’t at risk—it can be quite a traumatic experience to undergo for the little ones.

Also unlike other pests, they don’t really “infest” and are often found solitary and alone. It’s still a good idea to hire a professional exterminator to deal with them rather than deal with them yourself. For one thing, professionals know where to look. They can also apply treatment that is safe and non-poisonous to your family and pets, and—better still—they can also seal the cracks and openings that the centipede exploits to gain entry into your home. So, altogether, it’s about keeping safe and keeping your loved ones away from harm. Taken that way, it is a worthwhile investment.

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