What Are Centipedes?

While not every class of centipede has precisely one hundred feet, there are many fascinating foot-related actualities within this family. Centipedes are best known for the cause of their name, which interprets from Latin as, ‘hundred foot.’ Numbers may fluctuate somewhere in the range of 20 sets to more than 300 arrangements of legs…that is an incredible 600 feet, for those checking! The legs shift according to which centipede; the short legs are at the front of the body and the longest at the back.

Most centipedes found around buildings rarely measure more than 2 inches. In Texas and the desert southwest, however, a couple of species can measure 6 inches or more and can wander in homes and other buildings. The color also varies depending on the species. Most are brown or brownish-orange, while the great Texas species has a bluish-black body, orange-red head, and yellow legs.

centipede in house


Centipedes are predators that live in the wetlands. These nocturnal creatures hunt insects and spiders at night. They are quite similar to the millipedes, with the difference being that they have only one pair of legs per body segment, while millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment. They are rarely seen inside homes, except for the house centipede that can breed in vacant spaces and cellars. The house centipede is recognized for its extremely long legs.

Centipedes are fundamental in many gardens crosswise over America, Europe, and Asia. Centipede sightings have even been accounted for in forsake or drier locales, however, they also regularly flourish in wet, soggy territories. Spaces that have thick, wet soil are perfect, as are heaps of leaves that provide the ideal concealing spot to this creepy crawlies. Zones that have high mugginess may likewise observe bigger populaces of the regular house centipede.

Centipedes are predators and are interestingly adjusted for deft chasing. They eat a staggering cluster of creepy crawlies and little vertebrates. Bigger species might be more eager, eating up small fowls, bats, reptiles, and frogs. Disregarding normal misinterpretations, these animals do not eat plants.

Outdoors, centipedes stay in moist protected areas such as landscape mulch and under articles in contact with soil. Inside, they will generally be seen near skirting boards, and around doors and windows. The house centipede can be found wandering the walls in crawl spaces, basements, garages, and sometimes other rooms of a house.

How To Prevent/Control

Centipedes in North Carolina usually enter homes in the fall or winter months, or during times of cooler temperatures. They are regularly found in storm cellars and carports, both of which display alluring conditions for this critter. An expanded populace inside the home might be ascribed to one of two things: an accessible bug nourishment source or, all the more normally, progressively muggy conditions.

To kill centipede populaces, the initial step is to diminish stickiness. Dehumidifiers can be obtained from an assortment of stores and will haul the water out of the air, disposing of moistness inside the home. This will likewise help lighten auxiliary harm which may energize other residential nuisances.

You may all the more generally discover centipedes in nurseries and outside structures. Insect sprays can be utilized where large numbers are found, and ordinarily, give adequate bug control. They are accessible in both substance and natural arrangements. It is constantly imperative to follow the directions on the label while applying bug sprays inside or around the home.

Filling the cracks and holes in the exterior of the house should help prevent centipedes from entering. Mulch and heavy vegetation, such as ivy, should be kept away from the foundation to reduce the number of centipedes and their feeding. House centipedes often require treatments that should be handled by a professional.


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