Centipedes in the home? These gross-looking pests scurry across ceilings, floors, and walls. Their presence suggests an insect problem in the home. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective centipede removal and exclusion services.


Centipedes are small arthropods with many legs and body segments. Some people consider them beneficial because they feed on common household pests, while others dislike their presence.

Centipedes are fast-moving and frequently appear in damp conditions.


These pests have flattened bodies made up of different segments. Each section has one pair of legs. House centipedes, the species most often found indoors, are about an inch long with brown bodies.

Other U.S. centipede varieties may range from around a half inch to over six inches in length and come in several colors.


Most species prefer dark, moist areas. Outdoors, they reside under logs, leaf litter, or stones. In houses, residents find them in bathrooms, basements, and closets.

Centipedes eat insects and spiders and live anywhere these food sources are abundant.


Are centipedes known to enter homes or yards?

When temperatures outside begin to drop, centipedes move indoors for warmth. Cracks, floor drains, and plumbing provide easy access to living spaces.

Centipedes living inside a house can survive year-round.


Do centipedes harm people or property?

Centipedes will not damage property and rarely bite. However, when handled or threatened, these pests may use their pincer-like front legs to puncture the skin.

A small centipede bite feels similar to a bee sting, while larger species can produce more painful bites. Some people may have an allergic reaction to their venom.

Control and Safety

Controlling centipedes begins with removing possible hiding places. Trash, rocks, leaves, and boards close to buildings provide ideal habitats.

Ensuring proper ventilation in homes can prevent humid environments that attract the pests and their prey.

Prevention and Removal

Although centipedes don't harm homes or belongings, many people don't appreciate having them around. Getting rid of the pests often requires dealing with the underlying insect problems that attract centipedes in the first place, so professionals are the best option for reliable removal.

This type of pest control is not available in all markets. Please contact your nearest Critter Control location to see if traditional pest control service is available in your area.