The house centipede can be encountered in damp basements in the fall. If crushed, they may bite, causing some pain and swelling. They are reddish-brown, flattened, elongated arthropods with one pair of legs attached on most of their body segments. The first pair of legs is modified into poisonous jaws located below the mouth to kill insects. Their antennae are longer than those of millipedes. The house centipede feeds on live insects and other small animals. They do not damage plants.

What we do to get rid of them:

We control them through an interior application on all unfinished levels of the home (including crawlspaces, garages, and sometimes attic) and placement of insect glue trap monitors in the basement and garage areas. This, coupled with a regular exterior application on a quarterly basis will keep these guys out.

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