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Centipedes are creepy crawly arthropods who are known for having 100 legs. Centipedes do not really have 100 legs, but can move very quickly and their 15 pairs of legs can easily become blurred. They are carnivores who eat other small insects, and are harmless to humans.

On paper, having centipedes in your home doesn’t sound so bad, until you see them. Seeing a centipede scurry away when you turn a light on is enough to cause a sleepless night. Thankfully, you’re not alone. SOS-Extermination and our team of exterminators are here to help.

Centipedes Treatment

A Centipede infestation requires treatment of both the adult Centipede and their harbourage. Trying to eliminate Centipede can be difficult. A professional treatment to get rid of Centipede infestation is the most effective.

At SOS-Extermination, our certified technicians will be able to assess the situation and advise on the most effective treatments to manage the infestation in your home or business.


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What SOS-Extermination Does

Centipedes are a diverse group of Arthropods with a range of behavioral characteristics. Therefore, when centipedes become a problem, the first thing to do is contact your local sos-extermination pest management professional and request an inspection.

Once the inspection is complete, your sos-extermination Pro will prepare a centipede treatment program designed to control the centipede species causing problems. Centipede treatment usually involves both non-chemical and chemical control methods, but the treatment plan will emphasize finding where centipedes are located and how they are getting inside the home.

Some non-chemical treatments that may be included in the treatment plan include:

  • Moisture

Reducing moisture problems by repairing water leaks or using dehumidifiers

  • Clutter

Reducing clutter that provides centipedes with protection and a place to hide. Your pest Pro will likely point out these places and recommend not allowing stored items to be stacked right up against the wall or rest directly on the floor.

  • Other pests

Reducing the number of insects and spiders that provide a food source for centipedes

  • Openings

Sealing holes, cracks and gaps that enable outdoor centipedes, insects and spiders to get inside a home

  • Vacuuming

Removing indoor centipedes with a vacuum

What is centipede?

Centipedes are typically reddish-brown, flattened, elongated animals with many segments, most of which have a single pair of legs. Although the name suggests that centipedes have a hundred legs, these arthropods typically have 15 to over 30 pairs of legs. Often, each pair of legs is longer than the pair before it, reducing the chance that they will overlap and collide.

The legs of centipedes are attached to the side of the trunk segments, which allows for them to run much faster than millipedes that have their legs attached under the body. The first pair of legs have been rotated forward so that they rest around the mouth.

Each leg is modified by ending in a hollow claw that is attached to a poison gland. These are used to grab prey and quickly subdue them with toxins.

The house centipede is unusual by having very long legs. They are yellowish-grey with three dark, long stripes down the back. The legs are marked with alternating light and dark bands.

The actual body length can range from about an inch to two inches, but the 15 pairs of very long legs makes them appear much larger. The last pair of legs can be more than twice its body length and are used as a kind of rear-facing antennae.

A pair of very long slender antennae extends forward from the head. House centipedes, unlike other centipedes, have well-developed faceted eyes. They move very rapidly and when struck, the legs are easily detached. Detached legs will wiggle for several minutes which can be very disturbing to the average person

DIfferent type of centipedes

  • Feather Tail Centipede (Alipes grandidieri)
  • House Centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata)
  • Amazonian Giant Centipede (Scolopendra gigantea)
  • Tiger Centipede (Scolopendra polymorhpa)
  • Aquatic Centipede (Scolopendra cataracta)
  • Giant Red-Headed Centipede (Scolopendra heros)
  • Tanzanian Blue Ring Centipede (Ethmostigmus rubripes)
  • Hoffman’s dwarf centipede (Nannarrup hoffmani)

Feather Tail Centipede (Alipes grandidieri)

The feather tail centipede is a species of giant centipede, known for its feather-like legs at the end of its tail. Native to Africa, they live in the regions of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Large in size like other giant centipedes, they average around 4 to 6 inches long.

Their body is black and segmented, with bright orange legs. Their back legs are brightly colored and look like wings. They are one of the only species with this type of wing on their legs, but cannot fly.

When disturbed this species will shake its tail and create a hissing sound, similar to a venomous snake. Their sting is extremely painful and can lead to a fever and swelling. Still, they are not deadly and are kept as a pet for their colorful winged legs.

Roaches, spiders, and insects are what they feed on, occasionally finding their way into homes within their native range. While not the largest of giant centipede species, they are one of the most elegant.

House Centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata)

As one of the oddest looking species of centipede, they are also the most common. House centipedes are small and thin. Their legs are long and surround their body, making them look bigger. When measured with their legs, they will only reach around 3 to 4 inches. They are yellowish gray, covered in dark stripes.

House centipedes are insectivores and are attracted to the insects in your homes. Active mostly at night, you may find one running across your living room looking for prey. This centipede is one of the most fearsome-looking arthropods that can be found in your home but are beneficial in fending off other pests. Unwanted creatures like bed bugs, fleas, and spiders will be terminated if they cross paths with this species.

Usually harmless, this centipede is capable of biting. Bites are rare but they will do so when provoked. Itching, nausea, and swelling are some of the symptoms, but will only happen on rare occasions.

Believed to be native to the Mediterranean region, they have managed to make their home in houses across the globe. Common in the U.S, they are often seen as natural pest control for homes.

Amazonian Giant Centipede (Scolopendra gigantea)

The Amazonian giant centipede, also known as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede is the largest species of centipede in the world. This giant averages around 10 inches, but is capable of growing larger than 1 ft. On average they have around 21 to 23 pairs of legs. Their body is maroon red, held up by large yellow legs.

This species is native to the Amazonian jungles of South America but is kept as a pet around the globe. They may be invasive in Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and other tropical areas. Its size and the venomous bite are why many fear this species.

They are carnivorous, feeding on smaller animals like mice, birds, bats, lizards, scorpions, tarantulas, and insects. Like other species, a bite from this centipede is extremely painful, but not deadly. Only one death from this species has been documented. Their large sized fangs and bright colors make them a unique pet to keep.

Tiger Centipede (Scolopendra polymorhpa)

In deserts habitats within the United States roams the tiger centipede. They can be found in the South-Western United States and Northern Mexico, living in desert-like habitats. Named for their dark bands going down their dorsal plates, they can come in multiple colors.

Tan or orange is the body color, with a brown, red, or orangish head. Their legs are yellow, and certain centipedes of this species in California have blue coloring like the Tanzanian Blue RIng centipede.

This desert centipede is large enough to produce a sting that is painful and highly venomous. Like the house centipede, this species may find its way into your home in areas it lives in, probably looking for food. They are nocturnal and are attracted to food like insects or small animals. Under debris and in moist dark areas is where they will hide out during the day, waiting to hunt at night.

Aquatic Centipede (Scolopendra cataracta)

The aquatic centipede is a species of giant centipede found in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. They are capable of growing up to 7 inches and have a greenish-black coloring. Plenty of centipede species can swim, and the aquatic centipede relies on water in its habitat to survive. At night they will hunt and swim in water with eel-like movement. They also use water to escape from natural predators.

Other Scolopendra species live in dry habitats, unlike the aquatic centipede which shows amphibious traits. Their body is hydrophobic and helps water roll off it when leaving the water. This species is a strong swimmer and swims through the water like a fish. Like other centipede species, they are also venomous and are capable of delivering a powerful sting.

Giant Red-Headed Centipede (Scolopendra heros)

In northern Mexico and the Southern States of the U.S, the Giant red-headed centipede is a species many fear. This species on average is around 6.5 inches but can reach 8 inches long. One color variant of this species is a black body with a bright redhead. They have around 23 legs. Other color variants exist like a black head and red body.

Other names of this centipede include:

  • Giant desert centipede
  • Giant Sonoran centipede
  • Texas redheaded centipede

Giant desert centipede

The Giant red-headed centipede is the largest in North America. They are nocturnal, resting in dark damp hiding places. Seeing this species can be quite a surprise due to its large size and vibrant color.

Their presence can be unknown due to their secretive nature, but they may find themselves in your home searching for food. Frogs, lizards, rodents, and insects are what they feed on. Their bite is venomous, helping it neutralize small predators and is painful for humans.

Tanzanian Blue Ring Centipede (Ethmostigmus rubripes)

Tanzanian blue ring centipedes are known for and named after their blue coloring. Their body is Blue-green, with light blue coloring on their legs. In Tanzania, The Congo, and Sudan they can be found in savanna habitats.

They are a burrowing species and will bury themselves in sandy soils. Under rocks, logs and other dark places are where they prefer to live, but they may venture into other areas searching for food.

Small insects and earthworms are what this species feeds on. They are not the largest of centipede species but can grow up to 7 inches. This centipede is also kept as a pet but is a rare species to find in captivity. They need sandy soil in their enclosure, unlike other centipedes which need a tropical habitat. Their legs, body, and antenna are coated in a nice blue tint, making them stand out from other species of centipedes.

Hoffman’s dwarf centipede (Nannarrup hoffmani)

What makes the Hoffmans dwarf centipede fascinating is not only its location but also its small size. In 2002 this species was discovered in New York City in central park. For over a century no new species were discovered in the central park until this centipede came along. They are named after Dr. Richard L. Hoffman, who helped discover the species. This species of centipede is the smallest in the world, only reaching 10mm long.

This small centipede has around 82 legs. In Central Park, they are found amongst leaf litter in soil and around other natural debris. Even though they are tiny this centipede still has many of the other common traits found in other species.

They are venomous and ravenous hunters. Feeding mostly on small millipedes, they will hunt any small invertebrate they can find.

With the 3,000 species of centipedes in the world, scientists believe there to be at least 8,000 total species, some undiscovered. The Hoffman’s dwarf centipede is just one example of the new species to be discovered as time goes on.

FAQ On Centipede

What Are Centipedes?

A scientist will tell you that centipedes aren’t insects; instead, they will explain that centipedes are actually myriapods, making them distant cousins to insects. Their most notable feature is their elongated body and dozens of legs, an obvious feature that separates them from insects. As insectivores, centipedes hunt other bugs and paralyze them with a venomous sting.

The word centipede means “hundred feet,” but there are no centipede species that have exactly 100 legs. Depending on the species, they may have as few as 30 and as many as 354 when mature.

About 3,100 centipede species have been identified by scientists, and these bugs are found across the globe – some species even live above the Arctic Circle.

What Attracts Centipedes?

Centipedes are drawn to an environment that offers them three key things:

  • Food

Most of all, centipedes are driven by the need for food. As hunters, they’ll seek out prey wherever it’s abundant, and that may be inside your home.

  • Shelter

When not hunting for food, centipedes seek out places to rest. Outside, they will crawl under rocks, inside rotting logs or under leaf litter. Inside a home, they’ll seek out crevices in walls, wiggle under cardboard boxes and even hide inside a floor drain.

  • Moisture

Centipedes need a high-humidity environment to survive. Too dry and they dehydrate, which will kill them. As a result, basements and crawlspaces, which trap moisture, can be ideal habitats for some centipedes.

What Do Centipedes Eat?

Centipedes are insectivores, meaning they eat small insects, spiders, mites and other arthropods. They are generally nocturnal hunters.

For centipedes, speed is their best hunting tool. Upon sensing prey, they will move quickly to attack. Once they’ve captured their meal, most will use a poison to incapacitate their prey before consuming it.

Are Centipedes Dangerous to People or Pets?

In general, people and pets have nothing to fear from the centipedes they encounter. In fact, many dogs and cats will eat the centipedes they catch.

Still, it’s important to remember that most centipedes use a poison on their prey. Centipedes deliver this poison through a pair of forcipules that are situated near their heads. These hollowed-out, pincer-like limbs can be used in times of desperation, too, and they may be used to deliver a sting if they are picked up or stepped on. Most centipedes, however, don’t have the strength to pierce human skin.

One exception to that is the Florida blue centipede. This outdoor centipede is said to react aggressively against anyone who bothers it. People who have encountered this centipede, which can grow to about 3 inches long, say it delivers a sting that rivals a bee sting. It’s mainly found in the southeastern U.S.

What Do Centipedes Look Like? How Do You Tell a Centipede from a Millipede?

Centipedes are elongated arthropods with multiple body segments and usually move extremely fast. While centipedes share the Myriapoda branch of the “tree of life” with millipedes, they are anatomically different.

Most notably, centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment and millipedes have two. Further, millipedes have round, blunted heads that turn downward, while centipedes are built like predators with visible eyes and forward-facing mouthparts.

Another key difference is that centipedes have forcipules, a set of poison-injecting pincers. Since millipedes don’t eat living creatures, they don’t need these pincers.

Do they bite?

Centipedes are venomous. Their venom allows them to attack prey and defend themselves against predators and other natural enemies. Centipede venom is not normally life endangering to humans, although the bite can be painful.

Where do they hide?

Adult centipedes hide in moist, dark and secluded areas during winter. They place eggs in dampened soil during summer or spring. As centipedes become adults, they grow a complete set of legs and extra segments. Most centipedes live for more than a year and some up to six years.

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