Centipedes are found all over the planet in a wide variety of habitats and climates. Here in Arizona, the most common centipedes you might find are the house centipede, the common desert centipede and the much larger giant desert centipede. Davis Pest Control can treat these annoying insects and put effective preventive treatments in place to stop them coming into your home.
These big bugs can grow up to 8 inches long and can inflict a very painful pinch. With a dark brown or orange body and yellow legs, they are nocturnal and carnivorous. Some people keep them as pets - just watch out for those pincers.
Smaller than their giant counterparts, the common desert centipede is tan and brown and grows up to 5 inches in length. These centipedes are found in yards across Arizona and can also give humans and pets a painful pinch.
Only growing up to about 1.5 inches long, the house centipede is yellow with dark stripes and can be a common sight in Arizona homes. While it can help in eradicating other small insects from your home, contact Davis Pest Control if you want them removed.
Centipedes prefer the outdoors to the indoors and can most often be found under rocks, stones and logs, in leaf litter and soil and other damp, dark and secluded places. House centipedes will enter homes through cracks and gaps if the soil they’re living in becomes too wet.
While sometimes referred to as a “bite”, centipedes actually use pincer-like modified legs to inject venom into their targets. A pinch from a centipede can be very painful but the venom is not dangerous to humans and medical intervention should not usually be necessary.
As carnivorous hunters, centipedes have a range of prey that includes insects, frogs and even small rodents. While beneficial in keeping some other pests in check, too many centipedes can become a nuisance so contact Davis Pest Control for eradication, removal and prevention of these pests in your home.
If you have seen house centipedes or desert centipedes in or around your home, contact Davis Pest Control today. Our experienced technicians can seek out their hiding spots and make sure they stay out of your living spaces. Currently serving Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Florence and Coolidge, AZ.
Prevent Arizona centipedes from making your home their next stop by reducing garden clutter near your foundations and cleaning out potential hiding spots in garages and attics.