Centipedes have been known to do the same, but usually in much smaller numbers. This article will try to provide some information about these pests, why they are a problem and how you can treat for them.


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Centipedes like to live in the same environment as millipedes. There are two common species of centipede in the United States. The common house centipede has long antennae and 15 pair of long legs.

House Centipede


And this video gives you a good idea of how they move.

In fact centipedes are able to move rapidly and will commonly stop and go for long periods of time when on the move. The second species of centipede is both larger and longer. Most common in the south, this centipede can grow to over 5 inches long.


Scorpion/Insect TrapsLike millipedes, centipedes are slow to develop. They like moist areas for nesting including mulch, pine straw, thatch, leaves and under rocks or logs. The big difference between centipedes and millipeds is that centipedes like to eat other insects. For this reason, CENTIPEDE TRAPS can be helpful by both reducing local activity and helping to alert you to where they are most active in the home.

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These traps use insect based lures which will attract centipedes because inside the traps, it smells like food. Once a centipede enters, it cannot escape. But don’t rely on these traps to solve a centipede infestation; they’re to be used as a monitor only. Centipede control can only be achieved by using the pest control methods highlighted below.

In fact, centipedes have a poisonous bite. Do not handle them. Like scorpions, their sting will hurt. Its similar to a wasp or bee sting. However, certain people may have extreme allergic reaction to their venom so keeping your hands off them will prevent you from finding out if you are overly sensitive.

Centipedes are one of the few predators which feed on spiders. They prefer to move at night, but like millipedes will migrate under certain conditions. Its not uncommon to have several of them migrate when water levels rise following a rain.

Centipede nests may harbor several hundred and when they migrate they seem to all move in the same direction. This will lead to infestations in the home if left untreated.


Controlling centipedes can involve a series of steps. The first is identifying nest sights. This will allow you to minimize the conditions these pests require to nest which will lead to less wanting to be inside your home.

Look to see where they are invading. In most cases, you will find them along one side or wall of your home. Look around this side of the property. Inspect nearby mulch, compost piles, wood piles, large rocks, pinestraw, sheds, cracks in cement walkways or driveways and stoops. Any of these locations can breed, feed and shelter these pests.

Once you know where they are coming from, you will be able to treat the area precisely and remove excessive organic matter available for them. Clean up leaves. Replace old straw that is decomposed. Move log piles away from the home. Seal cracks in cement which allow water to gather. Rake thatch buildup from your lawn.

By reducing these conditions, you take away the food and harborage these pests need for survival. Lastly, if you have a lot of access points through the siding of the home, you should consider a “seal” job. Most homes that get invaded have lots and lots of small cracks, crevices and gaps through which centipedes enter.

Pur BlackThese entry points should be reduced and/or eliminated with the use of FOAM SEALENT. These cans are self charged and good for small jobs.

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Pur BlackThese tools will enable you to apply the sealent quickly and precisely without much waste or missed applications. In other words, they will more then pay for themselves. You’ll need the FOAM CANNISTERS for these guns, which easily fit on either applicator, and cover a much larger area then the smaller cans.

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Pur IPF FoamNow if your home is prone to animal invasions as well (squirrels, mice, rats, snakes), consider the FOAM WITH REPELLENT. This canister comes with expanding foam but includes a strong repellent which insects and animals do not like. It may be just what you need to make sure undesirable home invaders aren’t able to find their way inside quite as easily as they have in the past.

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Once you have done step one and begun to reduce harborage and eliminate entry ways to the home, you can begin treating the centipede problem.

Step two is deciding which method of control you need to employ to stop the invasion. Remember, centipedes are not true insects. Although many insecticides have centipedes on their labels, most don’t work well for controlling a migration.

Suspend SCBifenSo if you want to stop them quickly and keep them from getting into your home, use a product called BIFENTHRIN or DEFENSE SC. These actives work well because the liquid form is a micro encapsulate. This means its essentially a bunch of small capsules which open up over time exposing the active ingredient.


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Because these “capsules” are too big to sink down into porous surfaces, they’re able to provide longer residual compared to normal or more traditional liquid concentrates. The end result is that you’ll have more of the active ingredient up high on top of the ground where centipedes are active. Although you can use it inside, treating outside will no doubt be needed and in the end, really help by keeping them from coming inside.

This means doing a thorough foundation spray where you treat a band 3-6 feet wide. Basically covering a 2 foot area of ground and a 3-4 area up the side of the home. This way you have in place a protective barrier that will both repel centipedes and kill them if they choose to cross the treatment.

Areas inside the home should be sprayed too. This means focusing on where they’re being seen. The baseboard area is a common location for them to be active as is crawl spaces, basements, around anything wet like a refrigerator, decks, doorways, furnaces and hot water heaters.

Just be sure to concentrate your efforts where the most centipede activity is being seen. Since they like to live adjacent to foundations, its not uncommon for them to live around trees, bushes and other vegetation further out in the yard so you may have to go out there and do some spraying. Treat around the trunks of trees and any plant you think may have a nest. Watering after you spray will help the product to sink down and work it’s way deep to where nests may be feeding.

Hose End SprayerPump SprayerFor most of the foundation and inside applications, any good PUMP SPRAYER will do the job. For lawns and large landscapes where you need to broadcast over a lot of ground, a HOSE END SPRAYER will be the way to go.

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BIFEN GRANULESIf you simply have too much mulch or turf area to treat with liquid, use BIFEN GRANULES. This product is a granule which works by killing as well as repelling these pests. Broadcast the granules into mulch or turf that you think is infested.

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Scatterbox HB Granule SpreaderThe GRANULE SPREADER applicator is easy to use and will let you get even and uniform coverage when making any kind of granular application. The granules are weather resistant and will last longer than the spray so they’re better suited for open areas that are exposed to the sun. And because they filter down through thatch, pine straw and mulch, the granules tend to be a better way to deliver chemical when trying to reach insect pests that like to hide.

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Keep in mind the granules won’t work as quickly as the spray, but they will enable you to treat large areas economically and effectively.



D-ForceIf you believe you have centipede nests behind walls or in hard to treat cracks, DFORCE AEROSOL is designed to let you reach these areas effectively. It uses deltamethrin for an active ingredient and with it’s special tube injector, you’ll be able to get treatments into tight cracks and joints where these pests like to hide.

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Centipedes love to nest inside most any home and will thrive in moist basements, crawl spaces and other dark secluded area. From these areas they will move into wall voids and open living spaces. Use Dforce aerosol for neat and penetrating applications that kill them where they’re nesting and keep them from entering your living spaces.



Drione DustFor longer control in these wall voids compared to the Dforce, go with DRIONE DUST. This product is highly active on centipedes and will last a year or more. Blow small amounts into wall voids, under counters, into ceiling spaces and basically any crack, seam, gap or open space or void you suspect where they might be nesting.

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CrusaderUse a HAND DUSTER when making the application and be sure to get in between all the studs and insulation where centipedes like to nest along walls where activity is continuous. Such wall spaces are usually prime nest locations and should be dusted for long term control compared to using any aerosol which will only provide a month of residual action.

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Drione will kill centipedes on contact but more importantly, make the area uninhabitable by any pest. This means once you treat it thoroughly, you shouldn’t get future problems in the area.


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Comments on CENTIPEDE CONTROL Leave a Comment

January 18, 2012

Bret Earl @ 5:24 pm #


Okay. I have a really really bad problem. They are in the house and I can’t get rid of them. I will try the Bifenthrin. What month should I use it? I am in central indiana. Dforce Aerosol? Is it like a bomb? Or do I have to actually spray it?

June 12, 2012

Eileen @ 9:01 am #


Are any of these products harmful to pets? I have a 20 pound dog.

August 8, 2012

luisa quintana @ 4:58 pm #


My kids have been bitten by centepedes in our apartment. Our landlord is in denial even though I’ve shown him the bugs. What can I do to control these creepy crawlers on my own?

May 11, 2013

Jamaica @ 3:56 am #


I am going crazy right now. I live in tropical area and so far I’ve killed 3 centipedes that’s I have spotted in less than 1 week! They creep me out..I can’t sleep since I’m here thinking they may crawl into my bed. Its almost 3 am, I just killed 1 and I can’t go back to sleep. I’ll be trying the mentioned methods and hopefully I can get rid of them.

October 14, 2014

barbara fleming @ 7:25 am #


I rent an apartment, 1st floor, and I’m seeing large centipedes on floor. How can I get rid of them?

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