Are Centipedes Poisonous To Humans?
July 01, 2021
Does the name ‘Centipede’ give you goosebumps, and does encountering one sends a shiver down your spine? Is there anything possibly nice about these nuisance snakelike creatures that run around on tiny legs?
Centipedes belong to class Chilopoda and have one set of legs per body segment. Centi-means 100; therefore, most individuals popularly call them 100 legs. In reality, they can have 30 to 350 legs and can grow 12 inches long, depending on the species. Centipedes are predators, and they paralyze or kill their prey before devouring them. Their first pair of front legs carry poison, and they use these limbs to catch their prey and injecting it with venom.
At Accurate Pest Control, we believe that although centipedes carry poison, they rarely sting humans. But if a centipede is distressed, it can sting you. Also, if you have children, infants, or pets allergic to insects, they can have severe repercussions. Because centipedes feed on other home pests like ants, silverfish, spiders, and cockroaches, they are considered beneficial in helping control insect pests. But their look and name have given them a more fearsome status as a pest.
Centipedes are related to lobsters, crayfish, and shrimp. In the extreme case of sting to humans, the pain is felt like a bee sting. If the area of the bite becomes sensitive or allergic signs occur, you should quickly seek medical attention. Also, you should wash the bare skin with soap and water; using an ice pack will reduce further inflammation. House centipedes are commonly found in San Antonio in the wet/damp areas of the toilets, taps, drains, and showers. You should not try to fight a house centipede invasion independently, as they move very quickly and can even bite during the process. If you ever encounter any centipedes, contact a reputable exterminator in San Antonio at the earliest.
Centipedes can make their way into homes easily from beneath the doors, cracks, or crawl through the windowpane gaps; hence, it is recommended to seal any openings quickly. In addition, repair and fix any leaky taps, remove wet leaves, damp wood, or other moisture/mold surrounding your home. Reducing moisture around your house is the best preventive measure.
We are the best home pest control in San Antonio who understand the habits of centipedes and know how to safely eliminate them from your home. We have a proven reputation and are one of the highest-rated exterminators, serving the greater San Antonio area since 1990. We are a locally-owned, family-run pest and animal control company offering expert animal trapping and pest control services to residential, industrial, and commercial customers.
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