As a Florida homeowner, you’ve likely seen a centipede crawling up a wall or scurrying across the floor. It’s startling appearance often has viewers quickly searching for a shoe or magazine to eliminate the pest. What most people don’t know is that centipedes actually help homeowners by eliminating other pests.
While some types of centipedes are poisonous, most that you’ll encounter in your home are only poisonous to insects, not humans. However, there are certain types of centipedes that will bite you if they feel threatened.
Regardless of their threat level, spotting a centipede in your home likely means you have other pests lurking around. Keep reading for more information on centipedes in Florida and how to appropriately handle them.
3 Most Common Types of Centipede Found in Florida
Classified as myriapods, centipedes are a distant cousin to insects. Their elongated bodies and appearance of hundreds of legs make them one of the most distinguishable pests in Florida. However, an interesting fact is that there are no centipedes that actually have 100 legs! They can have a little as 30 legs to over 300 as an adult.
Here are the three most common types of centipedes found in Florida:
The house centipede is the type of pest most Florida homeowners are familiar with. It has what appears to be hundreds of legs surrounding its slim body – which only measures roughly one inch. However, their long legs add an extra two to three inches. While these pests look creepy and scurry with super speed, they’re actually harmless to humans. They’re only known to bite humans when they’re picked up.
House centipedes are only dangerous to other pests like cockroaches, termites, spiders, and bed bugs.
Blueish-gray in color, the Florida blue centipede is opposite from the house centipede with its aggressive nature. The blue centipede grows to roughly three inches and has distinguishable pincher fangs. Their pinchers contain poison ducts, and if bitten, their prey will feel a sting like that of a bee. When they feel threatened, they’ll become aggressive rather than try to hide.
With a reddish-brown body and yellow legs, bark centipedes typically make the outdoors their natural habitat. However, they can be found in basements, cellars, and outbuildings. Also having fangs, they prefer to feed on other insects but are capable of biting humans if they feel threatened. Their bites are not fatal, but will leave an irritated, uncomfortable area around the bite mark.
What to Do if You See a Centipede in Your House
Centipedes are nocturnal, which means you probably won’t notice them unless you’re moving things around. Centipedes feed on other pests so if you see a centipede in your home, you should probably schedule a pest infestation just to be safe. While house centipedes are virtually harmless to humans, other pests may not be so friendly. Look around to see if you notice any signs of a pest infestation in your home.
If you see any holes in the walls or ceilings, it could mean there is a centipede present in your home. During winter months, these pests find their way into your home through cracks, and once they’re in, they often live in damp places like crawlspaces, basements, bathtubs, and drains.
How to Remove Centipedes From Your Home Safely
Luckily, centipedes are more of a nuisance than a threat.
Since one centipede can lay up to 55 eggs at a time, if you see one in your home, there are probably many more. Once you have more than one, it’s almost impossible to stop the spread in your home.
Get help from a local pest control company like Impact Pest Elimination. We can help eliminate centipedes, along with other pests, and ensure common breeding grounds are properly treated.
Call our team today so we can assess your property and prepare a plan to help control and eliminate a variety of pests. Get a free quote on all of our pest control services by contacting our team today!