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Centipedes and millipedes


Centipedes and millipedes are distant relatives of lobsters, crayfish and shrimp. Unlike their marine cousins, centipedes and millipedes are land dwellers, but they do prefer moist habitats or areas of high humidity. Millipedes differ from centipedes in that most body segments are more round and bear two pairs of appendages on each segment instead of one. The head is rounded with short antennae and does not contain poison jaws.

Pest Facts

Color: Varies. Brown to BlackISH Centipedes and Millipedes controlled by Expert Pest
Legs: Eight
Shape: Round
Size: 1/16 to 3 1/2 inches
Antennae: No
Flying : No
Region : All 50 states


Centipedes are long-lived; some have been known to live up to 6 years. Most species feed upon small creatures such as insects. With the powerful jaws located immediately under the head they grasp and kill their prey by injecting venom. They spend the winter as adults and lay eggs during the warm months.Millipedes are usually restricted to moist places where they feed on organic matter. In the fall, they may become a nuisance because they migrate away from feeding areas and invade homes.


Centipedes and millipedes may be found in a variety of habitats but prefer moist, protected places such as under stones, rotted logs, leaves or bark. Generally, eggs are laid in the soil and covered by a sticky substances.Because they crawl along the ground, they are usually found in lower floors and basements.


Centipedes and millipedes do not carry diseases to man or to his animals and plants. They are usually considered nuisances rather than destructive pests. Centipedes pose an occasional threat to man because they have poison glands and will bite.The only concern would be to those allergic to insect venoms and other toxins, particularly small children. In cases involving severe reactions, consult a physician at once. Millipedes occasionally damage seedling plants by feeding on stems and leaves. Although harmless, millipedes become a nuisance
when they invade homes in large numbers.


Controlling centipedes and millipedes outdoors includes removing objects that provide harborage such as trash piles, rocks, boards, leaf piles, compost piles and similar materials.

When the pest is becoming a nuisance, an inspection and proper treatment of the structure by a professional is recommended.

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