WE'RE OPEN 24/7

Centipedes

Our centipede extermination service is the best and most effective way to rid your home of centipedes for good.

Home / Pest Library / Centipedes

CENTIPEDE EXTERMINATION YOU CAN TRUST

Terminix Canada has centipede extermination you can rely on. Our centipede control gets to the root of infested areas to liberate your space.

Centipede Identification

Size: 2.5 to 15 cm long.

Colour: Mostly brownish or orange brown.

Description: Arthropods with flattened bodies. Two antennae and one pair of thin legs per body segment for speedy movement.

Order/Family: Geophilomorpha/Oryidae.

Scientific Name: Chilopoda.

Did You Know?

Although the name centipede means 100 legs, they actually have between 15 and 177 pairs of legs.

Centipede Biology

Centipedes have a flat, segmented body that is mostly brownish yellow in colour. Each of their body segments contains one pair of legs. Centipedes range in length from 2.5 cm up to 15 cm long.

Although not considered dangerous, centipedes can bite people and are venomous. A bite can be painful, feeling similar to a bee sting. They use their venom to attack and paralyze their prey; however, the venom is not strong enough to affect a human beyond the typical symptoms of a bee sting. During the day, they hide in dark and damp areas, and become active at night to forage for food.

Centipede Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Typically living from one to six years, centipedes place their eggs in moist soil during spring or summertime. As such, they can be difficult to identify. Mating without direct contact, centipedes grow extra leg segments as they mature.

Centipedes are found where large numbers of insects are since they feed on them. Their prey are household pests including spiders, beetles, moth larvae, ants, and worms. They even prey on other centipedes too. They are predators and use ambush tactics to disable their prey. Discovered in places with plenty of cracks and crevices, centipedes infest basements and garages, and are often found outdoors in mulched gardens too.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Centipedes?

The best way to get rid of centipedes is to contact Terminix Canada. Our residential and commercial centipede extermination gets the results you need.

Centipedes don’t normally leave signs of an infestation, nor do they damage buildings or contaminate food. Therefore, they go undetected for some time. Preventing a centipede infestation can be difficult, but not impossible. Seal any cracks or crevices that are visible in your home or building’s foundation or exterior walls. Elsewhere, keeping logs, rocks, and other organic material away from the exterior of your home or business can help too.

Since centipedes eat other insects, making your home bug-free is a good place to start. Reduce any clutter you have because centipedes thrive in areas that constitute hiding places.

Terminix Canada Centipede Extermination Can Help You

Our centipede extermination service is the best and most effective way to rid your home of centipedes for good.

Latest Terminix Pest Control Blogs

What Happens To Ants In Winter?

Synonymous with Canadian spring and summertime, everybody is familiar with ants but what happens to ants in winter? When Canada starts experiencing colder weather in

Read More

Get A Free Estimate Today

Terminix Canada Reviews

google reviews

4.5 224 reviews

  • Avatar Bill smith ★★★★★ a month ago
    Adam from the Greater Toronto office arrived and did a great job making and installing 2 one-way doors over our bathroom stack vents to alleviate our red squirrel … read more problem. We are very happy with the service and the cost also and it has given us peace of mind. We left a message on their answering machine on the weekend and they called us first thing Monday morning and before the day was over our problem was solved. Thanks so much for such a prompt response!Bill and Sally S., Kincardine ON
  • Avatar Vijay Guyah ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I have pest control services at 5 locations across different cities with different providers. Derrick in Wildlife at Terminix is the best professional in the industry. … read more He sees the problem all the way through, and is thorough in explaining his approach.
  • Avatar Beverley Heilbron ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Overall a very professional organization. I had contacted two other exterminators who never responded to my request. Terminix responded within 24 hours the technician … read more was very helpful and even provided his phone number so that I could text him if the problem persisted. The good news is I no longer have a wasp issue

Coast To Coast Protection

Find your nearest local pest control expert today. With more than 30 branches across 10 Canadian provinces, you can count on Terminix Canada.