The Trick To Keeping Centipedes & Millipedes Out Of Your Bethesda Home


They may have a lot of legs, but when it comes to making a case for their existence in your Bethesda home, centipedes and millipedes haven’t got a leg to stand on. Centipedes and millipedes are considered to be what’s known as occasional invaders or seasonal pests. That’s because, by and large, they spend most of their time outdoors. However, when the weather turns cold in the fall, they are likely to make their way inside homes to escape the elements. Although centipedes and millipedes are considered to be nuisance pests, that doesn’t mean you want them creeping and crawling around your home. As such, it is important to know some prevention techniques to keep these occasional invaders out of your Bethesda home all year long. 

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Identifying Centipedes And Millipedes

  • Centipedes have elongated and segmented bodies with one pair of legs per segment. Additionally, their first set of limbs has sharp claws that contain venom glands that they use for catching and paralyzing prey.
  • Millipedes, on the other hand, have more rigid, worm-like bodies. Although their bodies also consist of many segments, they have two pairs of legs per segment rather than just one. Additionally, millipedes are slow movers despite their many appendages.

Both centipedes and millipedes like cool damp areas. While outside, this could be under rocks, fallen trees, or in woodpiles. Inside, however, this might be in cluttered cellars or basements, crawl spaces, or in any other high-moisture area inside the home. Oftentimes, these pests are brought into homes unknowingly in cardboard boxes, stacks of paper, firewood, or potted plants.

Are Centipedes And Millipedes Dangerous?

Both centipedes and millipedes are considered to be nuisance pests which mean they are not considered to be dangerous to humans. Although centipedes do possess venom, the venom is not potent enough to affect humans. There are, however, reported cases of millipedes causing rashes on people after skin contact. Despite the fact that centipedes and millipedes are not considered to be dangerous, you don’t want these crawly pests roaming all over your house.

Centipede And Millipede Prevention Techniques

When it comes to centipede and millipede prevention, your goal should be to eliminate the means by which they enter your home and to make areas of your home less hospitable to them overall. This includes:

  • Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.
  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
  • Install weather stripping around windows and doors.
  • Inspect boxes, firewood, and plants for centipedes and millipedes before bringing them into your home.
  • Remove anything in your yard that could provide a home to these pests such as rocks, fallen trees, or woodpiles.
  • Use dehumidifiers in your home to keep moisture levels low.
  • Keep basements, cellars, and crawlspaces free of debris.

If you can accomplish these preventative steps, you should be able to greatly limit your exposure to centipede and millipede infestations.

For More Centipede And Millipede Advice And Assistance

If you have any questions about centipede and millipede prevention, or if you would like to know more about other seasonal pests and all-around pest control, give the trained pest professionals here at Capitol Pest a call right away.

Here at Capitol Pest, our pest technicians have the experience and the expertise required to assist you with any pest infestation with which you are dealing. Not only will we eliminate any current infestations, but we will work with you to take the proper steps to prevent future infestations.

Don’t let centipedes and millipedes make their home inside of yours. Give us a call today.

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