Centipedes are elongated, flattened arthropods and are reddish brown. They have one pair of legs per body segment. Adults are usually over 1” in length. Unlike millipedes, centipedes do not curl up when disturbed.

Centipedes are beneficial because they feed on live insects and other small animals. However, if crushed they may bite, causing some pain and swelling.

Overwintering females lay eggs during warm months. Eggs are usually laid in the soil and are protected by the female. Centipedes can live up to six years.

Centipedes are easily controlled with an exterior treatment. For long term control an every other month or quarterly treatment is required.

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