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Centipede Identification & Prevention

What are centipedes?

Centipedes have long, segmented bodies; each body segment has one pair of legs. Depending on the species and size, most centipedes have between 15 and 177 legs. The first pairs of their limbs (maxillipeds) end in sharp claws and contain venom glands. Centipedes also have long, sensitive antennae covered in dense hair. They have very poor eyesight, and their antennae help them to locate prey.

a close up of a centipede

Here in Honolulu, there are three common genera of centipedes: Scolopendra, Lethobius, and Mecistocephalus.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Lethbobius and Mecistocephalus are both nuisance pests, and pose no real danger to people. Scolopendra is the most dangerous species of centipede living in Hawaii. Their bites are painful, and their venom is strong enough to cause a reaction in people. A reaction to a bite can vary from swelling at the bite site to the swelling of the entire limb. If intense swelling occurs after a bite, you should seek medical attention.

Why do I have a centipede problem?

Centipedes live outside, hunting and feeding on a variety of nuisance insects, spiders, and other arthropods. Our yards typically make perfect habitats for centipedes. They hide in our gardens, lawns, and other areas that are close to the outside foundation of our houses. If the weather ever becomes too hot and dry, they will move indoors, taking cover in the high humidity areas of our homes.

Where will I find centipedes?

In Hawaii, centipedes are common pests, and the probability of running into one is very high. Centipedes thrive in the warm, damp conditions that Hawaii provides. Outside, they hide under pieces of decaying wood, rocks, piles of leaves, and mulch. Those that have moved indoors seek out warm, damp conditions and hide in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

How do I get rid of centipedes?

If you have discovered centipedes in your yard or home, the best way to get rid of them and prevent them from returning, is to reach out to Able Pest Management, LLC. Our team will come to your aid and develop a pest control program that is customized to meet the unique needs of your home and family.

Our highly trained and experienced professionals are passionate about eliminating pests through our proven treatment methods. If you are looking for exceptional pest control for your Honolulu home or business, reach out to Able Pest Management today!

How can I prevent centipedes in the future?

Keep centipedes out of your Honolulu home and away from your family with the help of Able Pest Management and the following centipede prevention tips:

  • Place a barrier of crushed rock between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.

  • Install door sweeps on basement doors.

  • Seal up cracks in the foundation.

  • Remove excess piles of leaves, grass, and other organic debris from your yard.

  • Remove overgrown vegetation from your home’s foundation.

  • Reduce humidity levels by utilizing dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and ventilating crawlspaces.

 

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