The House Centipede

The House Centipede


The common house centipede has a long, flattened body about 1 ½ inches long. It has 15 segments, each of which has one pair of legs. It slithers and scoots quickly on these long, thread-like, striped appendages. Its body is yellowish-brown with three dark stripes, and its eyes are large and well developed. Inside, house centipedes are generally found in kitchens, basements, drains, or garage crawl spaces. Outside, they can be found in stacks of firewood, under leaves, or in crevices in rocks or trees. In capturing their food, which is other insects, they grasp with their legs, and use their jaws to deliver venom for the kill. But they rarely bite humans or pets, except in the situation where they are directly provoked and need to defend themselves.

How to keep house centipedes out of your house:

  • Since house centipedes feed on other household pests such as cockroaches, flies, and small spiders, it makes sense to mount your defenses against all pests. Employing the following tips will go a long way in keeping pests out of your home.

  • Clear your yard of clutter, dead leaves, and other items where insects love to hide.

  • Remove any standing water from around your house. Pests need a water source to survive and breed.

  • Inspect the outside of your foundation, walls, and roof area and seal up any gaps or cracks using a caulking gun. Insects only need the tiniest of gaps to squeeze into your home.

  • Replace or repair any broken screens or door sweeps. Not only can insects easily get in through these, but rodents can as well.

  • Keep your home free of food particles. Clean thoroughly. Keep food stored in tightly sealed containers or in the fridge. And only put pet food down at mealtimes. Pests are less likely to stick around if you don’t feed them.

  • Repair any leaky pipes, sinks, tubs, or toilets.

  • Keep your home as dry as possible with the use of fans or dehumidifiers. Most pests thrive in moist environments.

House centipedes are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, but if they are in your house, it is because there are other pests in there that may actually be dangerous to you and your family. Cockroaches spread diseases, contaminate food, and can cause asthma. Flies spread bacteria. And some spiders, such as the black widow, can be deadly.

While it can be beneficial to roll up your sleeves and do all the hard work to keep house centipedes, and other household pests, out of your home, getting them out once they have infiltrated can be a different matter. Here at Schendel Pest Services, we offer comprehensive pest control for homes and businesses in six states including: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and parts of Arizona. If you would rather live without house centipedes and other pests in your home, the pest-control experts here at Schendel are here to help.