Occassional Invaders » Centipede



Mostly brownish or orange-brown; rarely longer than 2 inches. A flat, long, narrow body with many legs.


Outdoors they live in landscape mulch and beneath items in contact with the soil. Although seldom found indoors, once inside they prefer moist places like basements, closets and bathrooms. Occasionally they can be seen on walls in crawl spaces, garages and in other rooms of a house. Their bite is seldom more painful than a bee sting.


Centipedes are nocturnal predators that hunt down spiders and insects at night.

Insect control: centipedes

Controlling centipedes requires sealing cracks and holes in your home’s exterior to prevent them from entering. Removing mulch and heavy vegetation from contact with your home’s foundation will reduce their food supply and the number of centipedes in the area. House centipedes may require professional treatment.

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