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Have a Centipede Problem?


The Centipede has a long body with multiple sections. Each section has a pair of legs. Most species found in the U.S are about 2” long. A Texas species can be up to 6” long and is more colorful. Centipedes in tropical areas of the world can grow much longer and are more colorful.

Centipedes hunt at night for small insects like worms and spiders, using their sensitive antennae to locate their prey and claws on their mouth to inject venom. The Centipede is usually found outside, but may live inside walls and basements when insects are present.

Centipedes may bite humans if held. Most smaller Centipede species cannot penetrate human skin with their small mouths but larger species can deliver a bite that is painful but harmless unless the person is allergic to their venom.






Most house centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on flies, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue.

Control Advice

Areas that are hiding places for insects should be kept clean and dry. Centipedes found outdoors can be moved away from the home to feed on yard and garden insects.

Active Seasons

Centipedes are most active in spring, summer and fall.

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