All You Need To Know About Centipedes In Bethesda

3/25/2020

We can all agree that the more legs a creature has, the more creepy it becomes. It's unnatural, or at the very least unsettling. Centipedes are one of those creatures you never want to find crawling around your Bethesda home. Even just seeing one in the bathroom can make you wonder how many more are lurking in the shadows, and even worse, what they are up to late at night while you are sleeping. If the thought of having centipedes crawling around your home chills your bones, we have a few things you should know.

a house centipede crawling in a basement

What Centipedes Look Like

One would assume that a centipede has 100 legs. This is not the case. In reality, a centipede can have anywhere from 30 and 354 individual legs. This factor is determined by age, size, and species of centipede. Typical home centipedes are yellowish to dark brown in color and can have darker stripes or markings on their bodies and extremities. What is most disturbing is that a home centipede can grow to be upwards of a half a foot long. If you find a centiped this long inside your home, you may find yourself looking for another place to live.

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

Before you resort to extreme options, you should know that centipedes are not as dangerous as they look. They are not known to spread dangerous diseases and are known for avoiding human interaction at all costs, so centipedes do not pose much of a threat to you or your family. The worst you can expect from a centipede is a painful bite upon interacting with one.

What Attracts Centipedes To Homes?

It might surprise you to know that centipedes do not prefer to live inside your home. They much prefer living outdoors around areas of high moisture such as under stones, inside rotting logs, and inside trash piles. The two main reasons they get into homes is to either hunt for insects or because inclement weather outside made your home the safest place to hide. If your home has other pest problems, it is much more likely to have issues with invading centipedes.

How You Can Keep Centipedes Out Of Your Home

The best way you can keep centipedes out of your home is by limiting their ability to get inside. Here are some ways you can do this along with some other methods you can use to deter centipedes from your Bethesda home.

  • Fill in gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun.

  • Install door sweeps on all of your exterior doors.

  • Make sure all of your home’s weatherstripping is in good condition.

  • Fix or replace broken window/door screens.

  • Reduce moisture throughout your home by fixing leaks and using dehumidifiers.

  • Inspect your gutters and make sure they are working properly.

  • Clear out spider webs around your home.

How To Make Sure Centipedes Stay Out For Good

The fewer pests your home has, the less of a chance centipedes will come knocking. With professional pest control courtesy of Capitol Pest, your home gets the protection it needs not only to stay centipede free, but also to keep a wide range of other dangerous, destructive, and annoying pests at bay. 
 
If the thought of centipedes crawling into your home makes you want to run out of it, it’s time to call in the professionals. Come and find out what high-quality pest control services could mean for your Bethesda home. We will not stop until your home is free of pests.

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