What do centipedes look like?

Centipedes, also known as “hundred-leggers,” are flattened arthropods that have anywhere from 15-137 body segments and one pair of legs per body segment.  Adult centipedes are typically brownish in color and measure approximately an inch in length. 


house centipede crawling on bathroom floor

Why do centipedes infest homes?

Usually centipedes are found outdoors under rocks and stones, leaves, mulch, and logs as well as other damp places. When its  hot and/or dry outside, they may look for a more hospitable environments indoors. Basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms as well as other damp areas in the home will attract these pests. They may also make their way inside by accident using open doors, windows, or other openings on the exterior of the house.

Do centipedes bite?

House centipedes are capable of biting, but rarely do so. Their preferred defense is to run away from a threat. 

Are centipedes dangerous?

House centipedes in Maine are not dangerous. Though they can bite, they do not transmit illness. They are considered a nuisance pest when they infest homes and structures but do not pose a significant risk to property either. 

House centipede control

Although house centipedes do not damage property or jeopardize human health, if they're inside your home, there's a good chance other pests have found a way in too. The best way to eliminate these nuisance pests and others from your home is to contact a pest control company. At Pine State Pest Solutions, we offer home pest control services that target centipedes and other bugs and rodents that show up in and around Maine homes. 

To get rid of house centipedes in Lewiston, Falmouth, or elsewhere in our multi-county service area, reach out to Pine State Pest Solutions today! 

Centipede prevention tips

To keep centipedes out of your home, we recommend making your property less appealing. Here are a few pest prevention tips to implement:

  • Haul off leaves, rotting logs, and other organic debris on your property
  • Install door sweeps 
  • Seal cracks, gaps, and openings on the exterior of your home
  • Run a dehumidifier in the basement and other damp areas
  • Fix leaking pipes and appliances
  • Make sure your home is free of silverfish, spiders, and other pests these arthropods eat

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