If a homeowner sees tiny worm-like creatures in their basement or sneaking into the soil of indoor plants, it’s time to implement centipede extermination measures. Although not dangerous, these arthropods indicate a moisture problem in buildings or the presence of cracks requiring repairs. Finding the right Centipedes Treatment Kailua-Kona is essential. Here are a few tips from the expert that will help to solve the problem.
The characteristics of a centipede
There are about 70 species of centipedes in the US and Canada. Their standard features are a long, flattened body, long antennae, and multiple thinned legs. The body of a house centipede consists of about fifteen segments each having a pair of legs. This feature allows them to move very quickly.
As for the first pair of legs, it consists of two poisonous forceps which are used to defend itself, capture and paralyze its prey. Home centipedes are pale brown to dark brown and can be up to 2.5 inches in length. Most of those found in the US measure about two inches. Their fine antennae are often as long as their bodies.
When disturbed, the centipede immediately rushes into the dark corners around it. Insects are their favorite food: spiders, ants, beetles and insect larvae. It may even feed on other centipedes. Their reproduction is fast, mainly because the duration between egg-laying and birth is a mere two weeks. This is why homeowners must quickly schedule a Centipedes Treatment Kailua-Kona before they invade the property.
Are centipedes dangerous?
Like earwigs and spiders, centipedes are more unpleasant to watch than dangerous. It is particularly uncomfortable to face a large number of them or to see one crawling on a person’s skin. Some species can bite and inject their venom. Most found in the US, however, cannot pierce the skin.
If you get stung/bitten, there is no danger to your health even if some redness and swelling are seen. Do not worry about pets either; If they get stung, they will not see long-term effects either. Like most living things, centipedes consist primarily of water.
But, unlike many insects that have a waxy layer of protection or a hard exoskeleton, centipedes do not have the physical ability to conserve water. They dehydrate quickly in a dry environment, due to evaporation. To learn more, contact Bowman Termite & Pest Management LLC today. You can also connect them on Facebook.