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DiY Pest Control - Centipede

Contrary to common knowledge, centipedes are actually beneficial creatures because they feed on other pests.  The house centipede rarely bites and when it does, its bite is no worse than a bee sting.  The bite of a giant centipede, however, can cause severe pain and swelling.  Centipedes sometimes scratch the skin when they crawl over our body, and they also inject venom into the scratch wound, causing swelling and infection.

Long, narrow and flattened, the body of a centipede has many segments, each bearing a pair of legs.  Just behind the head are a pair of venomous claws.  The two common species are:

House Centipede

This is greyish with long legs marked by alternate white and dark bands.  Three dark stripes run along the body from front to back.  They are 5 - 8 cm long when fully grown.

Giant Centipede

These can grow up to 20cm long and are really fearful.  The legs are relatively shorter than the house centipede.

Centipedes are found in dark, damp places, under leaves, rotten logs, stones and cardboard boxes.  They are active at night and feed on ants, cockroaches, flies, earthworms and bathrooms.  When disturbed, they crawl quickly in search of hiding places.


1.  As far as possible, clear out damp and dark places inside the house.

2.  Outdoors, piles of unwanted items, leaves and piles of grass should be removed.

3.  DiY (Do it Yourself) Pest Control.

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