There are many types of centipedes found all around the world and some can be quite intimidating. Fortunately here in Northern California the most common type you will likely find inside your home is the common House Centipede which although it looks intimidating with its many long legs, is not dangerous to humans. These unusual insects prefer to live in cool, damp places which is why they are often found around the drains in bathrooms or in basements where moisture collects.
Centipedes are nocturnal predators that hide by day and hunt at night. Often people won’t even notice they have centipedes living in their home because they hide so well in places nobody looks such as under the sink or in cracks in the floor boards. In summer when the females lay their eggs they became more active and this is when most people become alarmed and reach out for help. Though some centipede species are dangerous, the centipedes located in North America are generally not poisonous and do not pose a risk to people. However if you are being bothered by these many-legged pests contact Fast Action Pest Control to schedule a free inspection.
- Reduce moisture in kitchens and bathrooms by sealing any leaks.
- Seal cracks around doors or windows that may allow insects to creep in.