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What To Do About Centipedes Around Your Idaho Falls Home

April 30, 2022

a centipede on the ground

Have you ever seen centipedes around your Idaho Falls home? These odd-looking pests are somewhat notorious for their many legs, and they are creepy to encounter. You might have questions about centipedes, like are they dangerous, and this guidebook is here to help.

You'll learn all you need to know about Idaho Falls centipedes, including how to identify, prevent, and eradicate them. You'll also discover how Epoch Pest Solutions provides high-quality Idaho Falls pest control services that can remove any current centipede infestations.

How To Identify A Centipede

Do you know how to tell centipedes apart from millipedes? It's easy to confuse these two species as they have long, worm-like bodies and many pairs of legs, but there are some critical differences between them.

First of all, they look different. Millipedes have two sets of legs per body segment, while centipedes only have one. Millipedes also have legs tucked under their bodies, while centipedes have legs that stand out more. Finally, centipedes have longer feelers and antennae while millipedes don't.

Secondly, there are some differences in behavior and diet between these two species. Millipedes eat decomposing plants, while centipedes are carnivorous and eat insects. They even have venom.  

The Problems Centipedes Can Create Inside And Outside Your Home

Centipedes do have venom that they use to kill their prey. But, for the most part, they aren't dangerous to humans. They can bite, and the bites are usually painful around the bite site. However, the pain usually goes away quickly and rarely lasts longer than a couple of days. Most centipedes bites aren't serious, and the only small risk is if you're allergic to the venom. So, if you tend to have allergies, watch for any severe reactions.

Overall, however, centipedes are just a nuisance pest. They also indicate the presence of other small insects; so many centipedes could mean you have other pests around.

Easy And Effective Ways To Prevent Centipedes Around Your Home

Centipedes are gross to have around your home, and it's not fun to have a pest around that could bite you. So, if you want to prevent centipedes, here are some tips you can follow:

Eliminate their smaller insect prey by cleaning kitchens and placing lids on trash cans.

Reduce moisture around the property by fixing leaky plumbing and removing standing water. Centipedes especially love moisture-rich environments, so this step is vital to centipede prevention.

Seal entry points into the house by repairing broken screens and installing door sweeps. You can also seal holes in the walls and foundation with caulk. 

Lessen clutter around the yard and inside the home. Clutter gives centipedes more places to hide and makes them more difficult to remove. 

These tips can reduce the risk of a centipede problem, but the easiest way to remove them is with the centipede control experts at Epoch Pest Solutions, especially if you already have these pests. 

How To Get Rid Of Centipedes Around Your House

Centipedes might not pose many risks or cause property damage, but this doesn't mean you want to see them scuttling around your property. Epoch Pest Solutions offers ongoing home pest control services to deter centipedes and their insect prey if you're tired of seeing centipedes around your home. 

We can also remove any current infestations in your home or around the yard. Contact Epoch Pest Solutions today to request a quote or book a treatment service.

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