The body of a centipede can measure from 1/8 of an inch to 6 inches in length. These insects have flat segmented bodies and, while their name implies they have 100 legs, they can actually have anywhere from 15 to 177 legs. These insects are easily recognizable and can be found throughout the United States. Centipedes found in middle Tennessee homes will most likely be yellowish to dark brown in color and may have dark markings or stripes on their body.
Are Centipedes dangerous?
The first set of legs on a centipede act as a pair of fangs. These fangs have the ability to emit poisonous venom, which is fatal to the insects centipedes feed off of. If you are bitten by a centipede, you may experience a painful sting very similar to that of a bee sting. However, there are no lasting side effects.
Why do I have a centipede problem?
Centipedes thrive in dark, damp places. For this reason, if you were to search for centipedes outside you would find them in rotting logs, under stones, in mulch and even in yard clippings. If appropriate living conditions are found in your house by a centipede you would most likely see them in basements, crawl spaces, and closets. Centipedes become especially active at night when they are on the hunt for their next meal, which could consist of silverfish, carpet beetles and cockroaches.
How do I get rid of centipedes?
Without the help of a professional, locating centipedes on your own can be nearly impossible as these insects are elusive by nature and they have the ability to fit in the smallest cracks and crevices. At All-American Pest Control, we offer incomparable residential pest control programs to homeowners all throughout Nashville, TN and the surrounding counties. Contact us today to learn more about our Perimeter PLUS Pest Control Program or our All-For-One pest programs and let us help you establish and maintain a pest-free environment.
Can I do it myself?
Many people, after attempting to rid centipedes on their own, find that they’ve simply wasted time, energy, and money in a product that proved to be unsuccessful. Most do-it-yourself sprays and repellents are ineffective and can be dangerous if used improperly. At All-American Pest Control, we have the qualifications, experience, and expertise to solve any pest problem, including centipede issues.
Why Choose All-American Pest Control?
We pride ourselves in being a family owned and operated company. As a local Nashville pest control company, we are in tune with the current pest problems many Tennessee home and business owners are experiencing. We are dedicated and committed to providing the people of this area with dependable and trustworthy services. No matter your pest problem, with over 50 years of experience, we are confident we can meet and even exceed your expectations!
How can I prevent a centipede problem in the future?
To keep centipedes out of your home make sure that all holes and cracks are sealed on the outside of the home to prevent their entry. Also, replace any screens with holes in them and keep all attics, crawl spaces and basements well ventilated. If your best efforts don’t deter these nuisance pests from entering your Tennessee home, don’t hesitate; call All-American Pest Control at the first sighting of a centipede.