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Centipedes

Centipedes

What are centipedes?

Centipedes are quick, mostly reclusive creatures that are sounded by myths, including that they're dangerous to humans and have venom in their feet that can make the skin they touch rot off. Despite their perceived danger to humans, these arthropods live their entire existence as voracious predators, making them beneficial to humankind in reality. Even though the Centipede can be a beneficial creature, sometimes they can over populate an area and will need to be removed.

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Where are they usually found?

In North America, Centipedes are found in a variety of environments, from harsh deserts to moist, deciduous forests. Centipedes in the United States are some of the largest of their kind. The sizeable North American centipede (Scolopendra hero) and the Sonoran Desert centipede, can be found in arid wastelands. These centipedes are found within the United States and Northern Mexico, where they thrive under rocks and logs. Indoors, the most likely encountered centipede species is the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata). It ranges from 25 to 38 mm and possesses extremely long legs. They have the ability to travel along walls as well as floors.

How to get rid of centipedes?

There are several methods you can use to remove them from your space without using toxic chemicals:

  • Reduce moisture problems by repairing water leaks or using dehumidifiers
  • Reduce clutter that provides centipedes with protection and a place to hide. We recommend not allowing stored items to be stacked right up against the wall or rest directly on the floor.
  • Reduce the number of insects and spiders that provide a food source for centipedes
  • Sealing holes, cracks and gaps that enable outdoor centipedes, insects and spiders to get inside a home
  • Remove indoor centipedes with a vacuum
  • To treat with all natural Scraminator, sprinkle around room perimeter and leave the powder on the floor leaving a thin layer in areas where these pests are found or may hide, such as cracks and crevices, behind and beneath refrigerators, cabinets, stoves, garbage cans, and in and around sewer pipes and drains, window frames, and in attics and basements. Dust insects directly if possible. Repeat treatment regularly.

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