Since 2001, Legacy Pest Control has been providing homeowners and businesses with the best centipede and millipede pest control in Utah. These many-legged arthropods generally prefer the outdoors, but they can also make their way indoors where they can become a nuisance. Both centipedes and millipedes prefer dark, damp conditions, so you’re most likely to find them in basements and laundry rooms.
If you’re having trouble with centipedes and millipedes on your property, make sure to contact the specialists at Legacy Pest Control to get a fast quote. Legacy’s commercial and residential services are pet and kid friendly, using only environmentally safe pesticides when necessary.
Centipede Pest Control
The centipedes you’ll find in Northern Utah can be split into two distinct groups: “typical” centipedes and house centipedes. Both have flattened, elongated bodies that are yellowish brown or tan in color. House centipedes also have three dark stripes that run lengthwise along their bodies. While their name literally means “hundred legs,” centipedes rarely have that many. In fact, some have as few as 20 legs. House centipedes have very long legs compared with typical centipedes, giving them a spider-like or feathery appearance. Centipedes in Utah range from 1/8 of an inch to 2 inches in length.
Centipedes are primarily a problem due to their potent venomous bite. Although not known to be fatal in humans, these bites can be extremely painful and may sometimes require medical attention. Households with children, seniors, or individuals with heart problems should be especially vigilant against centipede infestations, as the venom from their bite can very rarely lead to heart attack.
Millipede Pest Control
Unlike centipedes, millipedes are generally harmless to pets and people. Most millipedes eat decaying plant matter and cannot bite or sting. They are not generally destructive and usually stay away from human food supplies.
Millipedes are easily distinguished from centipedes by their long, tube-like bodies and smaller legs positioned underneath. They have many more legs than centipedes with two pairs of legs per body segment. Millipedes can also be found in a much wider range of sizes than centipedes, from just 1/16 of an inch to 2 inches or longer.
Centipede and Millipede Identification and Pest Control Facts
- Benefits: Like spiders, centipedes are predatory and may help control more serious household pests. Some centipede species are known to hunt prey up to 15 times their size, including mice and other small rodents.
- Prevention: Both centipedes and millipedes need high moisture to survive and thrive. Because of this, the most important aspect of pest control for centipedes and millipedes is identifying and eliminating sources of excess moisture in your home.
- Do It Yourself Pest Control Approaches: If you’re dealing with a minor infestation in your home or business, a dehumidifier is a good investment to help control these and other pests. However, although some moisture sources are obvious, it often takes the eye of an experienced pest professional to cover all bases.
- Uncovering Other Problems: If there is another pest infestation (e.g., cockroaches or beetles) attracting centipedes to your home, it’s best to focus on eliminating this food source. If you’ve noticed centipedes and millipedes but no other pests on your property, the experts at Legacy may identify more serious issues you didn’t realize you had.
Legacy Pest Control offers a free estimate for help getting rid of Centipede and Millipede.