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Pest Information: Centipedes

Unlike most other centipedes that live outdoors, house centipedes can live indoors, in particular in damp, moist basements, cellars, bathrooms, crawlspaces or unexcavated areas under the house. Centipedes are usually seen running at great speed across floors and stopping suddenly in an attempt to conceal them selves. Generally centipedes pose no real threat to the structure, the owner's possessions or foods. Some centipedes can bite if handled poorly; the bites result in swelling and pain equivalent to a mild bee sting.

How to identify House Centipedes

Centipedes are arthropods with long flattened segmented bodies accompanied by one pair of legs per segment. House centipede may be up to 1.5 inches in length and has 15 pairs of long, slender legs, each leg encircled by dark and white bands. The centipede's body is brown to grayish-yellow with three dark stripes on top of it.

House centipedes feed on insects, insect larvae and spiders. Overall centipedes are beneficial, however they do bring a certain degree of discomfort to the household occupants. Although it is rare, centipedes may bite, however their bites are considered harmless.

Toronto House Centipedes Control - House Centipedes Removal

Cain Pest Control has the expertise necessary to eliminate and prevent further house centipedes infestation in Toronto and the GTA. Cain Pest Control will perform an inspection of all possible house centipedes hiding places during a Toronto House Centipedes Control procedure, as for example the: basements, crawl spaces, base board cracks, crevices, openings in concrete slabs, etc.. House Centipedes discovered outdoors should not be controlled. Cain Pest Control will effectivelly conduct a Toronto house centipedes removal and bring back a sense of comfort to your home.

Toronto House Centipedes Prevention

Centipedes are related to the lobsters, crayfish and shrimp; they are dependent on a moist habitat and high humidity. In order to prevent a house centipede infestation it is curtail to keep the house and outside area as dry as possible.

Additionally, to effectively control house centipedes, it is necessary to keep all old boards, rotting wood, compost piles, grass clippings, leaves, stones and so on away from the building's foundation. Keep all leafs or trash at least 3 feet away from the foundation, allow the soil surface around the house to dry from air circulation and sunlight. Repairing and sealing all cracks and openings in the foundation wall and around doors and window frames is also an effective Toronto house centipedesprevention.

Ventilating basements, subfloor crawlspaces and other possibly damp areas in order to eliminate moisture is an effective house centipede preventative measure. You may be able to collect centipedes with a broom or vacuum cleaner.

If you think you have a House Centipedes infestation, contact Cain Pest Control for a free consultation or for more information about House Centipedes Control in Toronto and the GTA.