Delaware Centipede Control
A centipede scurrying across the floor can cause quite a fright! While harmless to humans and pets, they’re still something you don’t want to encounter. A centipede’s presence in your Delaware home or businesses could mean other pests. Call Viking Pest Control if you can’t stand the creepie crawlies any longer.
What Are Centipedes?
Centipedes are found throughout Delaware and the surrounding areas. These insects are frightening because of their many, many legs. The bug can have anywhere from 15 to 177 (sometimes even more) legs! They also grow up to 7 inches in length and have markings like stripes across their exoskeleton, explains Viking’s certified entomologist.
Centipedes tend to have a yellowish or brownish color. They also have two long antennas and legs that poke out the back that look like stingers.
How Do I Identify Centipedes?
While they have similarities to millipedes, the number of legs is the easiest way to ID centipedes. You’ll need to catch sight of them since they rarely leave a trail. These pests do molt and have the odd leg fall off, but that’ll likely be in hard-to-reach areas.
Centipedes come out at night because they’re nocturnal. They also love the moisture. Delaware homes and businesses become a perfect habitat for them because the weather, nature, and other pests likely scurrying around is quite the welcome for them, explain the exterminators at Viking Pest.
How Do I Get Centipedes?
There are three general reasons why centipedes are getting inside:
Damp, warm spaces around your home attract centipedes from outside. They’ll make homes in the attic, basement, closet, under the sink, and other moist areas, explain the pest control experts at Viking.
We also share our homes and businesses with tons of little critters and pests at any time. That’s frightening but somewhat expected since we’re battling the odds with nature. As you can expect, this is a smorgasbord of food for centipedes. Combine this with mates, and you’ve got a recipe for a centipede infestation!
What are the Effects of Centipedes in and Around My Home or Business?
Most species of centipedes are small enough that their bites won’t pierce the skin. Larger ones that do have a strong bite are toxic but not strong enough to cause harm to humans or pets. At most, a centipede bite will feel like a bee sting. The spot will have a bit of swelling. Basic care will take care of it.
How Do I Prevent Centipedes?
The first step in centipede control is recognizing their presence. This should tip you off to issues — mainly moisture.
The next step is removing the damp areas in and around your place. This should also take care of issues attracting other bugs making their way in. Pest management professionals at Viking recommend using a dehumidifier in moist areas, fixing leaks, and sealing entrances will help.
Finally, consider bringing out a pest management professional in Delaware if you see them returning.