Insects

What Was That Scurrying Around My Basement? Centipede Vs Millipede


Did you see an insect-like pest with lots of legs in your basement? You most likely saw a centipede or millipede. These pests can make your skin crawl, but pest control services can get them under control. Learn more about how to tell the difference between centipedes and millipedes.

What They Look Like

Centipedes and millipedes aren’t actual insects. They’re invertebrates with more than six legs. Centipedes have one pair of legs on each segment of their bodies. Millipedes have two pair of legs per body segment. Centipedes are typically a brownish or yellow color with a flattened body. Some have dark markings on them. Millipedes are usually black or brown in color and have a rounded body.

Where They’re Found

Centipedes can be found indoors or outdoors. Indoor spots usually include basements, bathrooms, and other damp or moist areas. Outside spots include under rocks, wooden boards, or organic matter. Millipedes are typically found in basements and other lower areas of homes. Outdoor areas where you might find millipedes include under leaves, wood piles, or mulch. Centipedes tend to scurry away when they’re disturbed, while millipedes usually curl up.

What They Eat

Centipedes often feed on small insects. They use a pair of poisonous claws to bite and paralyze their prey. Millipedes usually feed on organic matter in damp places.

Preventing Centipedes and Millipedes

Eliminating moisture problems in your basement and other areas of your home helps prevent these pests. Keeping organic debris away from your home exterior can also help lower the risk of having a centipede or millipede problem. Keep in mind that these pests can multiply and cause large infestations that are hard to deal with.

Need pest control services for centipedes or millipedes? Contact Allison Pest Control to schedule service at your home.

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