If you’ve ever seen a rapidly scuttling bug darting across the floor in your home, you’re like many other startled Chicagoans. That creature is a centipede, and—unlike its name suggests—it has 30 legs, not a hundred.
Here’s what you need to know about this common bug before you call for centipede pest control.
Invasion of the Arthropods
What do crickets, spiders, millipedes, and centipedes all have in common? They’re all classed as arthropods, meaning that they each have an exoskeleton with jointed legs. But there the similarities end.
Although centipedes are a type of millipede, they look completely different from the caterpillar-like millipede. Before you choose centipede pest control services, take a look:
- Is the bug approximately an inch long (or slightly longer)?
- Does the bug have 30 legs, fifteen on each side?
- Do you notice a long, flat body with black and white bands both on the body and legs?
- Does the bug also have long antennae?
If you answered “yes” to each of the above questions, you’ve identified a centipede, not a millipede. But just why has this pest shown up in your home or business? And why do centipedes appear more these days in and around Chicago, IL?
Chicagoland residents from Aurora, IL to Berwyn, IL have seen an upsurge of centipedes in area buildings over the last few years. Some experts blame prior drought conditions for driving pests toward sources of water such as sprinkler systems and flower gardens.
Centipedes like humid spaces, including buildings that contain humidifiers. Overall, though, centipedes appear because they feed on other common household insects (e.g., ants, termites, spiders, and bed bugs). So—pay attention to other pests on your property, not just centipedes.
Safe Centipede Pest Extermination Methods
It’s one thing to see only one centipede on the bedroom wall. However, if you see one, others may lurk nearby. Also, because centipedes move rapidly, you may not be able to dispatch them on your own.
Remember, where there are centipedes, there could also be ants. If you have an ant problem, do what you can to limit food sources for any pests. Seal small holes next to pipes or around your foundation. Call your pest management experts for a complete property inspection.
Finally, deal with centipedes in an environmentally friendly manner. Talk to your centipede pest control technicians to learn about safe, effective treatments that won’t harm pets or humans. Contact us today at any of our three locations, from Berwyn to Aurora, IL, and throughout greater Chicago.