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Centipedes usually live outside, but the House Centipede you can find inside as well.
Centipedes are usually brownish, flattened, and elongate animals which have many body segments.
are flattened, with many different body segments .
Have one pair of legs attached to most of these body segments.
Centipedes differ from millipedes in that millipedes have two pairs of
legs on most segments and bodies which are not flattened.
Centipedes usually live outdoors in damp areas such as under leaves,
stones, boards, tree bark, or in mulch around outdoor plantings.
Larger centipedes can bite if they are injured, with a light swelling.
A physician should be consulted if the bite has penetrated the skin.
The centipede is beneficial, eating other insects.
Most centipedes are active at night.
Centipedes typically overwinter outdoors, and, in the summer, lay 35 eggs or more in or on the soil.
Newly hatched centipedes have four pairs of legs; during subsequent molts, the centipede progressively increases the number of legs until becoming adult.
Adults of many species live a year and some as long as five to six years.
The house centipede is a common pest in many parts of the United States. Unlike most other centipedes, this species generally lives its entire life inside a building.
The house centipede is grey-yellow with three stripes down the back and has very long legs banded with white. The largest centipedes are found in the Southwest. The body of this centipede is usually only 1 to 1 1/2 inches long at the most, but it's 15 pairs of legs make it seem much larger. The body is grayish-yellow with 3 dark stripes extending along the full length of the back.
In homes, the house centipede will prefer to live in damp areas such as cellars, closets, bathrooms, attics (during the warmer months) and unexcavated areas under the house.
Eggs are laid in these same damp places, as well as behind baseboards or beneath bark on firewood.
Centipedes can be prevented from gaining entry into buildings by sealing and caulking gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes, wires and other structural voids.
Removal of centipedes habitats including trash, rocks, boards, compost
piles, and other hiding places around the structure would help reduce
The House Centipede will prefer to live in damp areas like basements,
bathrooms, behind baseboards, or attics.
Liquid and dust applications can be introduced into wall voids, cracks and crevices along baseboards and into other potential hiding places.
You may also use an aerosol like CB Invader HPX , sprayed around doors and windows and other places where these pests may enter premises.
A recommended dust for attic areas would be D Fense Dust