centipede in gatlinburg tn home

How To Identify Centipedes

Centipedes are identified by their elongated “worm-like” body and their many pairs of legs. Centipede means “hundred-legs” but in reality they have anywhere from 15-177 pairs depending on their species. Adult centipedes are yellowish to dark brown in color and some may have darker colored stripes or markings. They also have small mouths and large, claw-like structures that contain a venom gland that they use to paralyze their prey.

Why Do I Have A Centipede Problem?

Centipedes are usually found living outdoors in dark, damp areas, like under rotting logs, rocks, and piles of leaves and trash. If the weather becomes too dry or hot they may move indoors to search for prey (insects, spiders, and worms) and suitable shelter. When inside of homes they live in the damp areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms.  You might even find them in the soil of houseplants.

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

We refer to centipedes as occasional invaders because they sometimes find their way inside.  Their presence is annoying but certainly not a major threat.  It's worth mentioning that a centipede bite can be quite painful but they don't often bite and their venom is not usually strong enough to cause an serious problems. 

How Do I Control Centipedes?

Partner with Russell's Pest Control and we'll help you get rid of centipedes and other pests that find their way into your home.  We offer three levels of home pest protection, allowing you to choose the coverage suitable for your needs and your budget.  Centipedes is covered under all three plans and we also offer one-time treatments for this nuisance pest.  

Centipede Prevention Tips

To prevent centipedes from infesting your dwelling, you should:

  • Fix leaking pipes or appliances

  • Ventilate crawl spaces and attics

  • Reduce moisture in basements, bathrooms and other rooms that are prone to moisture issues

  • Clear gutters of clogs

  • Remove piles of leaves, sticks, and other debris from your yard

  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior walls

  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors and seal openings around pipes or other utilities


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