Centipedes and millipedes are similar pests. Though they may be unusually repulsive, they are not a major threat to people or animals.
Centipedes in the south tend to be the largest. They can grow up to six inches in length. A centipede can be easily distinguished from a millipede because it has fewer legs; specifically, one set for every segment of its body. Millipedes have two sets of legs for every segment, and when they move, their legs appear to be moving in a wave-like motion. A millipede’s legs are also shorter and, in general, a millipede cannot move very fast. A centipede, with its fewer legs, can travel considerably faster.
Both centipedes and millipedes are generally hatched from eggs, but some varieties are born live. Some centipedes may live as long as six years.
Centipedes actually have the ability to bite, and are poisonous. The poison from their fangs, located behind the head, is used to kill insects, which are their primary food. To a human, a bite feels like that of a bee sting, and can be dangerous, especially if there is an allergic reaction in response to the bite. Children will be more sensitive to a centipede’s bite.
Millipedes are not poisonous and do not have fangs, but they can emit an obnoxious fluid to defend themselves. Some varieties can spray this fluid several inches. The fluid can cause irritation to the skin in some people and should be removed right away. Additionally, it may take some scrubbing to get rid of the odor.
Millipedes feed on decaying plant matter and sometimes living plant roots. Millipedes can damage those roots if there are too many of the pests in the soil. Some varieties are known to be especially bothersome to greenhouse plants. If this occurs, we encourage you to contact one of our knowledgeable agents at Resolve Pest Control to eliminate your millipede infestation.
House centipedes are an indoor variety. They can move quickly and do not require the moisture that the other varieties need. Centipedes are beneficial to the control of other insects, which may be a good reason to keep them around. The most likely time of year to see centipedes in your home is in the spring or fall.
Many thanks Kacie. Resolve has to be the most efficient and courteous service company I’ve ever dealt with…..because of employees like you!
I would highly recommend Resolve Pest Control to anyone. They provided some of the best customer service I’ve ever had all the way from owner to service technicians, not to mention the lowest price by far for termite control. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than I received from them!!
They were great start to finish. Quick response from the owner Todd, who came out for the free inspection and estimate. Best price for the same service others offered.
The technician came out and removed to large bee hives from my front lawn. He sprayyed the area 1st and then removed the hives. He said they had been there for a while, possible since no one ever disturbed the area. He said from this point on, we shouldn’t have anymore problems. I would recommend this company to anyone.
The service I received from both the owner and technician was exceptional. The owner listened to my needs and explained the appropriate services and prices. The prices were reasonable. The technician was timely, thorough and friendly walking me through all actions conducted. He was very considerate of my wood floors removing his shoes prior to completing service inside the home. I received the VIP treatment…very impressive!
Great customer service came out quickly made suggestions that were reasonable for my situation problem solved would recommend.