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How To Keep Centipedes & Millipedes Away From Your Plano House

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If you're not sure what centipedes and millipedes are or what they look like, think of the prop bugs you see at Halloween stores in the same section with spiders and roaches; they look like worms with a lot of legs; Those creepy insects actually come into Plano homes!

If seeing those bugs as Halloween props freaks you out, just imagine seeing them in your home crawling around! These pests don't bring any harm, but they are nuisance house guests. Contact Plano Pest Control to rid your home of these creepy crawlers!

What's The Difference Between Centipedes And Millipedes?

As a Plano homeowner who's just noticed a bunch of gross-looking bugs hanging around your home, you could care less whether they're centipedes or millipedes; all you know is that they have a ton of legs. Help!

Despite these creepy crawlers having similar characteristics, there is indeed a difference between centipede and millipede species.

Centipedes have long bodies reminiscent of worms, ranging in colors from yellow to dark brown. They can have as many as 15 to 150 pairs of legs that stick out from their bodies. They also have long antennae and claw-like mouths.

Millipedes also have worm-like bodies with two pairs of legs on each segment of their body, tucked under their bodies. Their bodies can come in the colors red, black, or brown.

Centipedes and millipedes are two different species despite having similar characteristics. Nonetheless, they do not belong in your Plano home. If you do find them congregating in or around your house, it's because your home provides a moist environment that they thrive in when outdoor conditions aren't ideal. Their presence should also let you know that your house may have moisture problems.

Why You Don't Want Centipedes Or Millipedes Hanging Around Your Home

Centipedes and millipedes pose no harm or threat to humans, aside from a mild rash you can sometimes get if you touch a millipede. But the two biggest reasons you don't want to see these pests in your house are because they love moisture and because they're carnivores.

A centipede and millipede infestation can, for one, mean that you have other pest problems in your home, as they love to eat other smaller insects. These pests could also signal that you have plumbing problems. That means that house repairs are in order and potentially expensive ones.

Four Eco-Friendly Centipede And Millipede Prevention Tips

Centipedes and millipedes are simply a nuisance to have in or around your home. If you have an infestation, then, of course, professional pest control services are in order. But to maintain keeping them away from your Plano home, these preventive measures will prove to be effective.

  • Address leaking pipes for moisture control.
  • Properly remove or dispose of decaying organic matter.
  • Ensure your home is well-ventilated.
  • Use dehumidifiers to control moisture in your home.

Once you address your centipede and millipede issue, these prevention measures, along with ongoing pest control services, will help to keep them away.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Centipedes Or Millipedes In Your House

As centipedes and millipedes are intimidating-looking and, quite frankly, disgusting-looking creatures to many people, pest control services are the most effective and reasonable way to rid your house of these pests. True enough, these pests aren't dangerous, but they still have no place in your home.

If you find these pests anywhere in your home, you not only need them exterminated, but you need to find out how and why they're getting into your home in the first place. Call All-Safe Pest & Termite today to schedule your home inspection.

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