Signs of a Centipede Infestation

Signs of a Centipede Infestation

Centipedes are vicious predators that will eat virtually any other bug. They’ll even feed on other centipedes! Given their diet, house centipedes can be useful in keeping other insects under control, but they are terrifying, nonetheless. If you have been witnessing a lot of centipede activity in your home, you may be facing a larger insect problem that will require professional help. Call The Exterminators today for centipede control near you.

The most obvious sign of a centipede infestation is seeing the bugs themselves. This is because they do not cause any damage to the home and they do not any leave trails. House centipedes measure 75 to 100mm in length and have up to 15 pairs of legs that stick out from their elongated bodies. Their legs are long and delicate, and their hind legs are much longer than the rest, resembling a pair of antennae. House centipedes are yellow and have three dark dorsal stripes as well as stripes on their legs. Centipedes are usually spotted at night, in the dampest parts of the home.

Centipedes feed on other insects such as ants, spiders, bed bugs, cockroaches, and silverfish. If you have seen any of these pests in your home, you may be dealing with centipedes as well. The more bugs there are in the house, the more likely you are to have centipedes. Likewise, seeing a lot of centipedes means that there are other bugs around. Getting rid of these other pests is an effective way to drive centipedes out. If you are unsure of what you are dealing with, call your local pest remover for an inspection.

Other factors include the time of year and the conditions of your living space. Centipede infestations are common in the spring when eggs hatch and again in the fall when temperatures drop. House centipedes will not survive below freezing, so they tend to crawl indoors as soon as it gets cold. They are especially attracted to humid areas like the basement or bathroom. Here, they can get the moisture they need and find places to hide. Centipedes are most active at night and are commonly found along the baseboards of the home, under cardboard boxes or within shower drains.

Having centipedes in the house is unsettling for most people. Thankfully, these creepy crawlers can be taken care of by a licensed exterminator. Professionals can identify the root causes of your pest issue and provide you with a solution that lasts. They have access to pesticides that work better than those available in stores and have the training to apply them most effectively. The technicians at The Exterminators are highly experienced in all forms of pest removal and can help you get rid of centipedes for good. Call The Exterminators today for quality centipede control throughout the GTA.