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Centipedes are common animals of the soil and leaf litter. They are long (2-4 cm), flattened creatures with from 15 to over 100 pairs of legs, one pair to each abdominal segment. The long, jointed legs provide for rapid movement. Long antennae are also characteristic. Most common species are greyish to reddish –brown in color.
Centipedes appear to overwinter as adults, laying their eggs in dirt or damp places throughout summer. It may take a year to reach maturity and some have been reported to live 5 to 6 years. They are generally found in moist environments under boards, stones, piles of leaves, bark and crevices in damp soils. Because they lack the cuticular wax layer found in insects, they must live in areas where humidity is high. Very secretive in habit, they are usually nocturnal and runaway when startled or exposed.
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 centipede’s habitats including trash, rocks, boards, compost piles, and other hiding places around the structure would help reduce the population. Centipede will prefer to live in damp areas like basements, bathrooms, behind baseboards, or attics, eliminating their harborage areas where possible and using a vacuum to remove exposed centipedes. If centipedes really bother you then consider taking some steps to limit the moisture level in your home, which will in turn decrease the amount of centipedes infestation.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions – Centipedes
Q: How to distinguish centipedes from millipedes?
A:Centipedes can easily be distinguished from millipedes by counting the number of legs arising from most body segments, were as millipedes have two pairs, while centipedes bear one pair per segment, with the first pair of legs being modified into fangs.
Q: What do centipedes eat?
A: Most centipedes are carnivorous and prey upon soft-bodied insects, spiders, worms and other arthropods, including other centipedes. Centipedes detect prey through the use of their antennae, which are covered with dense hairs.
Q: How to control centipede’s infestation?
A: Because centipedes feed on insects and other arthropods, eliminating their food sources is a step toward controlling centipedes. For this reason, it’s ideal to identify all other pests inside houses and buildings before performing any pest control.
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