Here’s Why One Should Never Kill A House Centipede

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You might have seen a long, flat, wormlike critter, often referred to as “hundred-leggers,” in your bathroom.  This pest belongs to a diverse group of arthropods commonly found in North America. Centipedes appear scary and are often misunderstood as harmful pests. Though they possess venomous jaws that they use to inject venom to kill their prey, their jaws are not strong enough to easily pierce through human skin.

Are House Centipedes Dangerous?

The word centipede means “100 legs” but they can range from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. Their long, slender bodies help them move quickly, and they can travel 1.3 feet per second, which explains why chasing them is difficult. Before you chase and prepare to squish them, know that their purpose is mostly good and beneficial to you. These seemingly unwanted bugs are actually extremely helpful in destroying pests such as moths, flies, roaches, silverfish, and termites.

Centipedes kill their prey with a “lassoing” technique that involves jumping on their prey and wrapping them around with the rest of their legs, scooping up the bug. Hence, you can view them as active hunters who constantly look for bugs in your house. Moreover, centipedes neither feed on your furniture nor carry any fatal diseases. They merely look for bugs without creating any type of web or nest in your house.

Get Rid Of Centipedes!

While house centipedes are not harmful to humans, that doesn’t justify the fact that we can live with these creepy creatures. They usually seek shelter in dark and damp areas such as basements, closets, or bathrooms. If you notice centipedes in your house, then you may also have underlying problems of other pests’ infestations because centipedes hide and seek prey such as worms, spiders, cockroaches, and bedbugs to feed upon.

If this is the case, it is highly recommended that you contact professionals to seek help. Catching and dealing with centipedes on your own is nearly impossible, as they move quickly and cannot be chased without an expert’s support. So allow Accurate Pest control for centipedes extermination in San Antonio to help. We will ensure your house is free from scary house centipedes. We have extensively skilled professionals in all areas of pest control to provide you with excellent results and satisfaction.

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