Centipedes And Millipede Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Centipedes And Millipedes

What are centipedes and millipedes?

Centipedes and millipedes are two distinct types of multi-legged arthropods. Centipedes are predators that feed on small insects and other organisms while millipedes are plant-eating scavengers. Both millipedes and centipedes have long, segmented bodies with at least one pair of legs per segment. Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment while millipedes typically have two pairs.

Are centipedes and millipedes dangerous?

No, centipedes and millipedes are not dangerous to humans. However, if a person is bitten by a centipede, it can be painful and cause temporary swelling or a localized rash. Millipedes are harmless but may release defensive fluids that could irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction in some people.

It's important to remember that while these pests aren't dangerous themselves, they can often be an indicator of other pest problems in the area such as roaches, ants, or termites. If you do find centipedes or millipedes in your home, it's best to contact a professional pest control service in Cincinnati like Arab Termite and Pest. We provide effective and safe services to eliminate these pests.

Why do I have a centipede and millipede problem?

Centipedes and millipedes can become a problem in homes for several reasons. Moisture is one of the biggest contributing factors as these pests need high humidity to survive. Poor sanitation is another factor that encourages pest infestations, attracting insects that are then fed upon by centipedes and millipedes. Clutter in your home can also provide hiding places for these creatures which makes them harder to find or eliminate once they have invaded your space.

Where will I find centipedes and millipedes?

You will typically find millipedes and centipedes in your basement, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and other areas with high levels of moisture. You may also find millipedes and centipedes in plants around your house. In addition, bad weather or flooding can force these pests inside where they look for warm areas to escape the elements. Bad weather and flooding can also drive these pests indoors where they search for a warm place to take refuge from the elements.

How do I get rid of centipedes and millipedes?

The best way to get rid of centipedes and millipedes is to contact a professional pest control service like Arab Termite and Pest. Our qualified technicians can identify the exact type of centipede or millipede infestation and suggest the most effective elimination method. We can also provide ongoing home pest control services to prevent these pests from returning.

How can I prevent centipedes and millipedes in the future?

Preventing millipedes and centipedes in your house requires some effort, but it is possible. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that centipedes and millipede infestations remain a thing of the past:

  • Reduce moisture levels in your house by fixing any plumbing leaks or other sources of water. 
  • Eliminate mulch, woodpiles, and other organic materials from around your house. 
  • Clear away any clutter where these creatures might hide. 
  • Turn off outside lights at night which can attract centipedes and millipedes looking for prey. 
  • Maintain good sanitation to discourage other insects which serve as food sources for centipedes and millipedes so they don't come near your property in the first place. 
  • Contact a reputable pest control service like Arab Termite and Pest for regular inspections and treatments to keep future problems from occurring inside your home. 

By taking these preventive measures you can make sure that your home remains free from unwanted guests! If you still need assistance eliminating these pests, contact Arab Termite and Pest today for expert centipede and millipede pest control services for your business or home.

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