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House centipedes are usually about 1 to 2 inches long and have a yellowish-grey appearance. They have three dorsal stripes running down their length; the legs also have dark stripes. They have up to 15 pairs of very long legs, which enables them to reach surprising speeds of up to 1.3 feet per second running across floors, up walls and along ceilings.

Areas Where Centipedes are Commonly Found

Centipedes are typically found in dark and damp areas.

Bathrooms, Sinks and Closets




House centipedes live both indoors and outdoors, and typically prefer to live in cool, damp places. Centipede respiratory systems do not provide a mechanism for shutting the spiracles and that is why they need an environment that protects them from dehydration and excessive cold. Most live outside, primarily under large rocks, piles of wood, and especially in compost piles. Within the home, these centipedes are found in almost any part of the house. Most commonly they are encountered in basements and bathrooms, which tend to be humid, but they can also be found in drier places like offices, bedrooms and dining rooms. The greatest likelihood of encountering them is in spring, when they come out because the weather gets warmer, and in autumn/fall, when the cooling weather forces them to find shelter in human habitats.


Centipedes are insectivores; they kill and eats other arthropods, such as insects and arachnids. They are mostly nocturnal hunters. Unlike most other centipedes, house centipedes and their close relatives have well-developed, faceted eyes. They have developed auto-mimicry in that their hind legs present the appearance of antennae. When the centipede is at rest, it is not easy to tell its front from its back. House centipedes can bite, however they are considered harmless to people.


For centipede issues that require perimeter applications, we typically use micro-encapsulated products. These types of products have several benefits when controlling centipedes and other insect pests. The micro-capsules extend the life of the product, which provides long-term protection against centipedes. The micro-capsules stick to the surface they’re applied to, delivering a fast knock-down of the pest and provide more stability with the placement of the product. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Because they prey on other pests, centipede bites are similar to yellow jacket stings. However, it is very rare that you’d get bit from a centipede.

Yes. All of our technicians are licensed through the State of Michigan. Many of our technicians carry several different categories on-top of their base certification.

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Your garage? Yes, all exterior treatments include treating the garage at no extra charge.
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Your basement? Yes. All interior treatments (unless we’re instructed otherwise) include a perimeter treatment of the basement and all floors.
Attic not included.

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