Centipedes are a common household pest. In addition to simply being gross to look at, centipedes can be quite the nuisance pest. Centipedes have a rounded or flattened head, bearing a pair of antennae at the forward margin. Despite the name, they can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Although nocturnal you can usually find these insects around the perimeter of your home or in your crawl space. Centipedes may not be the most dangerous pest problem, but they can be very annoying to deal with. No one wants to deal with these insects in their home! The centipede removal pros at Rentokil, formerly Quality Pest Control GTA are here to share need-to-known information on these unique insects, including habits, prevention, and more.
Centipedes belong to the botanical phylum of Arthropoda, which also includes crustaceans, arachnids, and insects. Arthropods are invertebrates and have a protective exoskeleton, a body with several segments and feet with joints. Centipedes are terrestrial and look like worms but with a flatter segmented body and a pair of legs on each segment. They are often confused with millipedes, which are more rounded and have four legs on each of the segments of its body. The legs of the centipede are much longer than that of a millipede giving it the ability to move much faster. When threatened, centipedes seek refuge in the nearest dark place such as cracks and crevices, beneath the bark of firewood or under anything in its path unlike millipedes, which form a tight coil when disturbed.