Tackling Centipede And Millipede Issues Head-On In Fort Mill

February 8, 2024

Centipedes and millipedes are similar-looking creatures that sometimes make their way into homes when conditions outside become unfavorable, usually during heavy rains, drought, or cold temperatures. Once inside, they seek shelter in high-moisture areas like basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. If you have problems with these pests in your home, this guide is for you.

We'll start by explaining how to differentiate centipedes and millipedes and reviewing the risks and concerns of these pests. We'll also provide natural prevention tips to help keep them away. Continue reading to learn how to effectively control centipedes and millipedes in Fort Mill with the experts from Go-Forth Pest Control.


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Differentiating Between Centipedes And Millipedes

While these worm-like pests have a lot in common, a few characteristics set them apart. Here are some of the differences between centipedes and millipedes:

  • Centipede's bodies are flat, and millipedes are cylindrical.
  • Centipedes primarily eat insects, while millipedes are scavengers that eat decaying plants and occasionally dead insects.
  • Centipedes have one pair of legs on each segment of their body, and millipedes have two.
  • Centipede's legs are long and stick out from their body, while millipede's legs are short and under the body.
  • Centipede's long legs allow them to move quickly, and millipedes move slowly on their short legs.

If you have a centipede or millipede infestation in the house, the pros at Go-Forth Pest Control are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a free quote.

Potential Risks And Concerns Around Centipedes And Millipedes

Centipedes and millipedes don't carry diseases and aren't aggressive, but they pose a few risks. Centipedes have venom they inject into prey, and they may bite if you try to handle them. If you get a bite, the reaction is similar to a bee sting.

Some millipedes spray a foul-smelling liquid to keep predators away, and it can be toxic to pets and cause blisters on people's skin. The safest way to remove these pests is to work with a professional pest control company. Contact us today at Go-Forth Pest Control for assistance eliminating centipedes and millipedes in your home.

Natural Ways To Keep Centipedes And Millipedes Away

Prevention is the key to successful centipede and millipede pest control. The following list describes natural ways to avoid attracting these pests to your property and home:

  • Eliminate moisture problems in your home, like leaking pipes or faucets, and ensure adequate ventilation in the crawl space or basement.
  • Avoid overwatering the lawn, and ensure downspouts don't cause water to pool near the foundation.
  • Keep the lawn mowed and remove piles of debris, leaves, grass clippings, logs, and rocks.Store firewood at least 20 feet from the house on a raised structure.
  • Seal cracks, crevices, and gaps on your home's exterior with silicone caulk or steel wool to eliminate potential entryways.

If, despite your best efforts, these pests continue to be a problem, Go-Forth Pest Control is here to help. Our experts can help you determine what's attracting centipedes and millipedes to your property and how they're getting inside. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a quote.

When To Consider Professional Intervention

Finding one of these pests in the house isn't generally a problem, and you can quickly eliminate it with a vacuum. But if there is an infestation in your home, it is time to enlist the help of a professional pest control company. Contact us today at Go-Forth Pest Control for assistance with centipede and millipede control on your Fort Mill property.


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