Centipede Identification

What are centipedes?

  • Color: Yellowish to dark brown, sometimes with darker stripes or markings
  • Shape: Elongated, flattened, worm-like
  • Size: 1/8 – 6 inches
  • Region: Found throughout U.S.
  • Habits: Most house centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on many types of insects, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue. When they invade homes, centipedes are most commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, or potted plants.
  • Threats: Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests, as they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all house centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite that can break human skin and causes pain and swelling, similar to a bee sting.
  • Prevention: The most effective way to get rid of or prevent house centipede infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your Pleasanton home. Remove leaf piles and grass clippings. Store firewood off of the ground. Provide adequate ventilation in crawlspaces, basements, etc.

centipede on wood

How do I get rid of centipedes?

If you are ready to get rid of centipedes from your property, reach out to the local pest control experts at Patriot Pest Management. Our customized services performed by our knowledgeable and friendly experts eliminate pests and stop them from coming back.

At Patriot Pest Management, we won’t hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure that our customers are happy and their properties are free of pests. For exceptional home pest control or commercial pest control services in the Greater Bay Area and surrounding counties of California, contact Patriot Pest Management today!


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