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Are Centipedes Poisonous?

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Centipede crawling on a wall.

We all know how scary it is to come across a centipede in the middle of the night! Imagine getting up for a midnight snack, only to turn on the light and find a centipede or two scurrying across the kitchen table or counter. Maybe you have come home late and headed off to bed, only to find a centipede aiming to hide under your bed. It’s enough to give someone nightmares and cause you to lose some sleep! It might just be the multitude of spindly looking legs that make them so creepy, or maybe it’s their long segmented flat bodies or the way they scurry this way and that. In any event, a centipede infestation is not something anyone wants to deal with.

Centipedes are not as dangerous as they look though. They do carry a poison and have clawlike parts to inject it into their prey to paralyze them. But, their poison is not powerful enough to be harmful to humans and their clawlike parts are not strong enough to puncture the skin. However, let’s face it, no one wants these creepy crawly pests running around in their homes scaring everyone to death.

Preventing centipedes may sound simple, as you may just need to seal off all places where they are gaining access to your home. That means sealing up all holes, gaps, cracks, and crevices as well as repairing or replacing any damaged doors and windows too. You will need to replace or repair damaged screens, vents and soffits as well to block centipedes from entering. You should also make the area around your home less appealing to centipedes by removing mulch and leaf piles. Once inside the centipedes will seek out similar areas that contain moisture, like attics, closets, bathrooms, and basements. You should keep those areas dry by running a dehumidifier and fixing any leaky pipes. You will also need to get rid of your current infestation if you have one, which will require the services of a reputable exterminating service.

You can get rid of your centipede infestation by enlisting the help of Adams Exterminating Company, in Lewisville, Denton and throughout areas in North Texas. We have several year-round services that can suit your needs and keep pests at bay all year long. With Adams Exterminating you don’t have to worry about creepy crawly pests taking over your home throughout the year, just give us a call today!

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