- The defining characteristic of centipedes is lots of legs! The name centipede means “100 feet,” though it is highly unlikely you will ever find a centipede that actually has 100 legs. This is because centipedes have an odd number of pairs of legs.
- The house centipede is the most common pest species of centipede in the United States. They normally have 15 pairs of legs for 30 total. House centipedes are typically light brownish-yellow with 3 darker brown stripes that run along their back.
- Finding centipedes in your home may be a sign of a much bigger problem. House centipedes are hunters that eat many different types of insects including: spiders, carpet beetles, and roaches. If you start seeing a large number of house centipedes, you might have an insect infestation on your hands.
- House centipedes are venomous. Luckily, they rarely bite humans. If they do bite, chances are good that it will only result in mild symptoms that may include: pain, redness, and swelling at the site. A very limited number of people may experience an allergic reaction to centipede venom, so it’s still best to keep them out of your home.
- House centipedes are incredibly fast. You may think that all those legs would slow them down, but due to the unique angle that their legs attach, centipedes are quick, nimble hunters. This is great for catching food, but can be quite alarming for the unsuspecting homeowner.
While centipedes are rarely dangerous, most people still do not want them in their homes. If you are having trouble with house centipedes, contact the friendly professionals at Midwest Pest Control. Our expert technicians will get rid of the pests, while keeping your family safe and comfortable. For Tulsa Pest Control, you can trust Midwest Pest Control.