House Centipedes


House Centipedes

These creatures are terrifying to come across! Most Centipedes can be found in wet, damp areas such as under leaves, in mulch and around your outside plants. House Centipedes are first found around the foundation of your home, where sooner or later they will wander inside, and find a home inside your drains. Once inside, they lay their eggs and this is how an infestation occurs.

Although, House Centipedes feed upon spiders, roaches, termites, ants, and other types of common pest found around the home, they are not enough to take care of any other pest problems you may have and they are a terrifying nuisance. House Centipedes are not deadly to humans, though they do pack a harsh sting if disturbed. The larger of the House Centipede species does have more venom and their sting comes with more extreme pain. The likeness of being bit by a House Centipede is low, unless you decide to pick one up and try to play.

Fun Facts About Centipedes: 

  • When born- they look just like a miniature version of the adult.
  • As they go through “molts” they grow more legs.
  • The American House Centipede is born with 4 legs and grows to 15 which are jointed, having one pair per section of their body.
  • Centipedes care a lot about their appearance and take plenty of time to groom themselves after they eat, often paying most attention to their legs, which they can regrow if broken or torn off.
  • Centipedes are very fast! They run on their hind legs and look as if they are standing up.
  • Prone to dehydration, the House Centipede needs to stay near a water source.
  • They have a longer life span than other common single season insects, ranging from three to five years.
  • In Japan, House Centipedes are kept as pets!


If you are seeing multiple House Centipedes in your home, it is time to call a Pest Professional. Give our office a call today and let us help your home become pest free. 615-850-4351