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How To Keep Centipedes Out Of Your House In Virginia Beach

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Centipedes in Virginia Beach can be a real pain, and there's a certain intimidation factor to these especially creepy pests. But that doesn't mean you have to give in to centipedes and their sneaky habits. You can take action to have centipedes removed from your Virginia Beach home and implement preventative measures that will reduce the chances of new centipedes making their way indoors. 

Join us for an explanation of how to intelligently handle a centipede problem in your house. By the end, you'll know what deserves your attention and what you can leave to the pros.

The Anatomy And Behavior Of Centipedes

Moving on to centipede anatomy and behavior, centipedes have long, flat bodies made up of different sections. Not every centipede has the same number of sections, though each section will always have its own pair of legs. Centipedes also have antennae. 

Next, do house centipedes bite? This is a somewhat complicated subject. The answer is both yes and no. Centipedes in Virginia Beach don't normally bite with their mouths, but it is possible for certain centipedes to sting or "bite" with their front legs, which can also be venomous. 

Lastly, it's good to know that centipedes prefer dark spaces with high moisture content that are generally secluded. Centipedes don't like to be found.  

Centipedes Aren't As Dangerous As They Look

On the face of it, a huge centipede infestation can be disturbing. They're not very pleasant-looking and have a habit of scurrying away from humans once they're discovered. And it's also true that some centipedes are venomous. But this does not mean you need to worry about being harmed by one of the centipedes hiding in your house.   

Some centipedes are venomous. They use their venom to incapacitate their prey, and their prey is tiny insects. As mentioned briefly above, it's possible for centipedes to transmit this venom to humans if they crawl across human skin. However, this venom simply isn't strong enough to have any serious effect on a person. 

Symptoms of centipede venom include swelling and slight pain. That's all. So no, centipedes are not actually dangerous to humans, though they may be hard to look at. 

Tips For Preventing Centipedes From Entering Your Home

On the topic of how to prevent centipedes from coming into your home, we've gathered a list of useful centipede prevention tips that you can put into practice as soon as you're ready. 

  • Check your windows and doors for cracks and openings. Seal or repair these openings right away. 
  • Reduce the amount of light outside your home at night. Light attracts insects that centipedes like to hunt. 
  • Control and reduce the humidity in your home, especially in basements and bathrooms. 
  • If using firewood, check it before bringing it inside. Centipedes may be hiding inside. 
  • Manage other small pests in or near your home, such as ants and flies.   

These tips address factors that attract centipedes as well as potential access points. Make them habits to reduce the risk of letting centipedes come into your home. 

Call In The Pros For Total Centipede Elimination

If you want to know how to get rid of house centipedes for the long term, then we've got a short and easy answer: Partner with a local pest control company that offers centipede control. Not every pest control company offers centipede control, but the ones that do can quickly remove these pests from your home. 

Another important advantage of working with professionals is that they can get a sense of your home's unique construction and positioning, offering insightful prevention tips to keep your property centipede-free. 

For effective home pest control in Virginia Beach, contact Go-Forth Home Services today;