When you stop to examine a house centipede you realize that these insects are ugly. Like really ugly. In all honesty how could long antennae, fangs and several pairs of legs ever look attractive? In a way, you almost feel bad for them. I say almost because they have this thing for invading Middle Tennessee homes that is really annoying.
Why do these “hundred-leggers” (an inaccurate moniker but one often used to describe these insects) feel the need to come in out of the fresh air? The short answer is because they can. Cracks, gaps and openings on the outside of the house provide easy access in. Once inside they’ll likely show up in the kitchen, bathrooms (often trapped in the tub or sink), and the basement among other places. And if there are other bugs to prey on like roaches, flies, and spiders, they won’t be in a hurry to leave.
For the most part this fast, nocturnal critter is not a threat to health or property. We’re often asked if centipedes bite and the answer is yes. Those fangs mentioned above are actually a pair of legs that curve around the head and behind the mandibles. They can penetrate skin and inject venom. Don’t worry though, a centipede bite is somewhat uncomfortable but not life threatening.
Though the risks associated with this pest are minimal, we understand your desire to not co-exist with house centipedes, which is why we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep them out.
Seal all holes, gaps and other openings on the exterior.
Control other insects inside your home.
Repair leaking pipes and appliances.
Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture issues.
Eliminate clutter, especially in areas where centipedes are likely to hide out.
Inspect firewood and items you bring in from outside for these critters.
If you’ve already discovered house centipedes in your home or are dealing with other insects that attract them, give All-American Pest Control a call. Our local pest control company offers comprehensive home pest control services in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee that will get rid of centipedes and other nuisance and potentially damaging pests.