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Centipedes

Colour: brown to greyish-yellow
Size: 5cm

Centipedes have flattened, segmented bodies with 15 pairs of legs. Though they don’t cause physical damage, the centipede is an unsavoury guest. An infestation may be an indication of either a serious moisture problem or a secondary insect pest infestation. It is best to have professional help when removing this pest as their venomous bite can be similar to a bee.

Centipede Habitat

Centipedes prefer warm, tropical, humid spaces. For survival in cooler climates or during winter, you are more likely to find them in your home.
Their eyes are very sensitive to light, so more than likely they will find a place to hide during the day. Their preferred habitat is in basements, bathrooms and other areas that get wet and humid.

Centipede Life Cycle

Centipede reproduction does not involve copulation. Males deposit a spermatophore for the female to take up. In one clade. In temperate areas, egg laying occurs in spring and summer.

The female lay their eggs in holes in the soil, and the female fills the holes with soil and leaves them. The number of eggs laid ranges from about 10 to 50. Hatching will occur from one to a few months. The time of development to their reproductive period is highly variable within and among species. For example, it can take up to 3 years to become reproductive and the centipede is between 5-6 years. Some species can live up to 10 years.

Centipede Prevention

Remove any household pests that they feed upon. Use a dehumidifier. Install a better bathroom fan for showers. Seal any cracks or crevices to keep them from entering the home or laying eggs while they’re in there. Clear the perimeter around your home of leaves and other damp debris.

Centipedes Service Prep Guide

There are many things that should be done to prepare for a centipede treatment. For the full list of ways to make your centipede treatment successful, view our Centipede Service Preparation Guide.

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