Centipedes are found in high areas of moisture, like rotting logs, under stones, in trash, or in piles of leaves. When they get into houses, they usually live in damp basements, bathrooms, bathrooms, or in potted plants. These insects have an elongated, flattened, worm-like shape, and can have between 15 to 177 pairs of legs. Many people find centipedes gross or scary because of their speed and worm-like appearance, which is why no one wants these creepy insects to grow into an infestation inside their home.
Centipedes are generalist predators, and have adapted to eat a variety of different available prey items. They enjoy feeding on flies, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue, though they don’t really care much for vegetables or plants in their diet.
Unlike other insects, centipedes have a lifespan of 6 years. They go through metamorphosis, with 3 life stages. Females lay their eggs in soil or other damp organic matter, and the nymphs hatch and go through a progressive series of molts until they reach adulthood.
Thankfully, there are several easy measures you can take to help prevent centipedes from infesting in your home. The strongest and most effective way is to reduce areas of moisture in or around your home. You can also clean up and remove leaf piles and grass clippings, and store firewood off the ground. Providing adequate ventilation in basements and crawl spaces also helps to keep centipedes away from making your house into their home.
Centipedes are predatory creatures, and will eat anything they can get to. Their main diet will usually consist of bed bugs, earthworms, spiders, and other insects.
Centipedes like moist, dark, and damp areas like closets, basements, or garages. Keeping these areas clean and free of clutter will help keep centipedes away.
Centipedes are usually brown in colour, and are widely recognized for their long, skinny body and hundreds of legs. They move really fast, which combined with their many legs, sometimes causes people to fear them.
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