What do centipedes look like?

Centipedes, also known as "hundred-leggers," have a flattened body with one pair of legs per body segment, and can have anywhere from 15-137 body segments. They are typically brownish in color and grow to be approximately an inch in length.


house centipede crawling on bathroom floor

What are the differences between centipedes and millipedes?

Centipedes and millipedes are arthropods known for their elongated bodies with multiple legs. Despite their names, neither of these creatures has exactly 100 or 1,000 legs. They have very similar coloration, but there are some distinguishing features. Centipedes have a flexible, flattened body, while millipedes have a more rigid, subcylindrical shape. If you have come across a bug in your home that has many legs, but you are not sure what it is, you can contact Pine State Pest Solutions for assistance in identifying and eliminating these pests.

Do centipedes bite?

House centipedes rarely bite but prefer to run away when threatened.

Are centipedes harmless?

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

What causes centipedes to come into your house?

Centipedes are usually found outdoors in damp places such as under rocks and stones, leaves, mulch, and logs. However, when it is hot and/or dry outside, they tend to look for more hospitable environments indoors, such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, as well as other damp areas in the home. These pests may also accidentally make their way inside through open doors, windows, or other openings on the exterior of the house.

How do you get rid of centipedes?

Although house centipedes themselves are not harmful to humans or property, their presence in the home might indicate other pest problems. If you find these nuisance pests or any other bugs or rodents in your home, the best solution is to contact a pest control company.

Pine State Pest Solutions, a local exterminating company, provides home pest control services that effectively target centipedes and other pests in and around Maine homes. So, if you want to get rid of house centipedes in Lewiston, Falmouth, or anywhere else in our multi-county service area, don't hesitate to reach out to Pine State Pest Solutions today!

How can I prevent centipedes?

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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