Centipedes are elongated with smooth, segmented bodies that contain a pair of legs per segment. Centipedes occur in several colors and patterns but most common are brown and reddish orange. Although some centipedes have compound eyes with as many as 200 optical units, others do not have eyes. All the centipedes have very poor eyesight, and they track their prey with the use of touch and smell. 

There’s a pair of long and sensitive antennas on the heads of centipedes. They have tiny mouths and huge, clawlike structures containing a gland of venom. Since most centipedes are carnivorous animals that feed at night, they use their claws to paralyze their prey, such as worms, spiders, etc.

House centipedes prefer areas that are damp and gloomy. Homes with moisture issues will, as a result, attract these pests. In basements, closets, or toilets, residents can see them, often even in tubs or sinks. House centipedes are going to exploit species that are in the same regions.

Centipedes Infestation

Centipedes have poor vision, but they can locate prey by using their antennae. If the required prey is found, they use their rapid speed to trap, bite, and inject paralyzing toxins into their prey. The bite and transmission of venom is a pair of claws on the first segment of the body of the centipede. Typically, centipedes leave no direct signs other than the sighting of the centipedes themselves. Owing to their nocturnal nature and the speed at which they travel, they are rarely seen by humans. During winter, adult centipedes hide in damp, dark and secluded areas. During summer or spring, eggs are laid in dampened soil. They develop a full set of legs and extra segments as centipedes become adults. The majority of centipedes have existed for over a year and some for up to six years.

Centipedes are permitted to enter buildings and homes, but they do not roam throughout the day. Centipedes are fast-moving, agile creatures that are nocturnal. Usually infested by rats, they hide in moist areas around toilets, closets, basements and other places.


Centipedes is not likely to eat wood. In actuality, arthropods usually referred to as wood eating centipedes are millipedes. Although millipedes are similarly related to centipedes, millipedes are herbivores and detritivores, based on dead and rotting plant material, including wood or cellulose material.

The Centipedes are toxic. Their venom allows them to kill the prey and to protect themselves against predators and other natural enemies. Centipede venom is not normally life-threatening for humans, although the bite can be painful.

how to get rid of centipedes ?

Centipedes is a complex group of arthropods with a variety of behavioral characteristics. Therefore, when centipedes become a concern, the first thing you need to do is contact your nearest BENLUX HYGIENE pest control professional and ask for an inspection.

If the inspection is complete, your Benlux Hygiene  Experts will prepare a Centipede Treatment Plan designed to manage the Centipede species that cause problems. Centipede treatment typically requires both non-chemical and chemical control methods, but the treatment strategy will focus on discovering where the centipedes are located and how to get inside the house.