They are sometimes called 'hundred-leggers' and are found throughout most of the world. Adults are 1/8 - 6" and elongated, flat and wormlike. They are yellowish to dark brown, sometimes with darker stripes or markings. Most have a cluster of simple eyes on each side of the head or no eyes. They typically overwinter outdoors. They lay eggs in or on the soil and live one to five years. Centipedes have poison jaws with which to inject venom to kill their prey.
CONTROL OF CENTIPEDES
The key is to reduce or eliminate moist areas and harborage. Remove piles of leaves and grass clippings, logs, stones and rocks. Store firewood up off the ground and provide ventilation in crawl spaces. We treat foundation, perimeter, crawl spaces and basements!
CHARACTERISTICS OF CENTIPEDES
They are found in areas of high moisture such as loose bark, rotting logs trash, piles of leaves and grass clippings. Most are nocturnal and they live on flies, spiders and more. Their usual place in homes is damp basements, bathrooms, damp closets and potted plants.