Project Description


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Centipedes can easily be distinguished from millipedes by counting the number of pairs of legs arising from most body segments: millipedes have two pairs, while centipedes bear one pair per segment, with the first pair of legs being modified into fangs. Centipedes are generally flattened and have a pair of well developed antennae on the head. Some centipedes, such as the house centipede have long legs and are capable of running rapidly.

Centipede bites:

Some centipede bites can be hazardous to humans. Even though a bite to an adult human is usually very painful and may cause severe swelling, chills, fever, and weakness, it is not likely to cause death. Bites can be dangerous to small children and those with allergies to bee stings. The bite of larger centipedes can induce anaphylactic shock in such people. Smaller centipedes usually are unable to puncture human skin. The skin puncture results from the action of a centipede’s forcipules (pincer-like appendages) that would pierce the skin and inject venom into the wound. The centipede’s venom would cause pain and swelling where bitten, as well as other reactions throughout the body.

Life Cycle:

Simple metamorphosis. Centipedes and millipedes spend the winter as adults in protected habitats and become active in the spring. During the warmer months, females lay eggs in soil and cover them with a sticky substance, although some species give birth to living young. Immature stages (larvae) hatching from eggs several days later are similar to adults but smaller, having fewer leg-bearing body segments. Additional leg-bearing segments are produced with each molt. Millipedes develop through about seven stages (instars) in 21 to 25 weeks. Some centipedes are known to have lived up to 6 years.

Centipede Habitat, Food Sources, and Damage:

Centipedes and millipedes prefer to live in moist habitats and during the day. They can be found underneath rocks, logs and other objects in contact with the ground. They are active at night. Centipedes feed on insects and spiders. They kill by grasping prey with their powerful fangs and injecting venom. The fangs are located on the body segment just behind the head. Millipedes feed on decomposing organic matter, but will occasionally damage seedling plants by feeding on leaves, stems and roots. They curl up tightly when disturbed resulting frequently in the release of fluids from glands under their bodies.

A House Centipede.
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A Centipede’s Pincers in view.
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A House Centipede.
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Millipede bodies are more rounded with short Legs that create slow wave-like movement.

Centipede and Millipede as Pest:

Centipedes are mainly a nuisance pests; though they have poison glands connected to a pair of jaws and will bite if provoked. The bite is usually not medically threatening except to small children and individuals allergic to venoms. The larger species have more painful bites.

Millipedes do not bite; but when disturbed they can produce an irritating fluid (using glands opening at the base of the legs). This fluid can irritate eyes, blister the skin, produce an unpleasant odor and cause allergic reactions in venom sensitive people. Some species can squirt their fluids several inches. Millipedes, such as the garden millipede , can become numerous in the greenhouse and damage crops. They may invade homes during cooler weather.

Centipedes and Millpedes Extermination Technique and its Advantages:

We utilize the most effective insecticide Spray and Fog agents available from the leading pesticides manufactures. These pesticide are highly effective and contain most powerful active ingredients. We employ the Spray and Fog technique to Control, and Exterminate the Centipedes and Millpedes infestations. Some of the Characteristics of the Spray and Fog technique are:

  • When there is no Bait available for a given Pest, Targeted or Broadcast application of Control Agents in selected areas of the structure is the next best option. In cases of high infestations, spraying upon the pests produces a quick reduction in their numbers.
  • Areas that are targeted are the nesting and foraging activities areas of the Pest.
  • Centipedes and Millpedes are affected by the insecticide active agent when they come into contact with the treated surfaces.
  • Centipedes and Millpedes would be exterminated by getting the Active Ingredient into it's biological system via contact. An affected pest may also prove to be a source of secondary poisoning for other members.
  • The Insecticide Spray method results in gradual, almost fool-proof and guaranteed removal of these pests.

Client's Preparations for Insecticides Application:

  • Client is required to prepare areas to be treated with insecticide spray application.
  • Client is required to leave the property during the application and stay out for further 2 hours after the application.

Our exterminators will inspect the structure for points of vulnerabilities that may facilitate future infestations or conditions that may be helping the Centipedes and Millpedes to flourish. It will be up to the property owner to act on the recommendations.

Specific Notes on Spray or Fog Application:

Spray may be Water-Based or of the Emulsion type. Even though it would not stain or damage surfaces, it may be noticeable as a thin film of light color. The film may also have oily characteristics. If it is found on any surfaces that are used by people or pets, then it should be cleaned away at the earliest. For further information, please, see our Pesticides and the MSDS page.

Expected Results and Outcome of the Treatment:

In about 3-5 weeks, all Centipedes and Millpedes would have been eliminated having directly or indirectly been exposed to the insecticide sprayed. Gradually Centipedes and Millpedes would simply cease to exist. It remains possible that some Centipedes and Millpedes may expire near human living spaces.

At Quest Pest Management Inc., we have the highest success rate of complete elimination of Centipedes and Millpedes with one treatment alone. 

Prior to carrying out treatment for Centipedes and Millpedes, we will do an inspection or survey of the property to determine the extent and scope of the infestation. In doing so, we will also obtain information from people present on site.

A Moustache running on the floor is what some people describe a Centipede as.
Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment of their body.