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Help! There Are Centipedes Inside My Plano Home!

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There are few creepy crawlies that are as creepy crawly as the centipede. This local arthropod is a terror in and around homes and often scares residents out of their socks and shoes. To help you avoid fright inside your Plano home and to address the problems centipedes cause, here are some things you should know today. Call All-Safe Pest & Termite if you don’t have time to read this article and want a fast and effective solution to pest problems in your home. We offer amazing options for pest control in Plano and are ready to help you remove centipedes from your living areas.

How To Identify Centipedes

Centipedes are fairly easy to identify. The most common species in our area is the Texas house centipede. This small monster can grow to be ⅛" to 1 ½” in total length, is tan with a darker back, and has multiple long, thin legs. Other species in our area are longer, more frightening to look at, and less commonly found inside homes. If you are trying to identify an active centipede infestation inside your home, there are no real signs of centipedes with which to identify these pests. All you have is visual confirmation. If you see a centipede, your home might have a problem. To avoid a run-in with one of these creepy pests, let our team inspect your home for you. We will check the secluded areas where these pests hide and help you understand the severity of your infestation. 

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

Can centipedes kill you? No, or at least not here in America. The most dangerous centipede in the world is the Scolopendra subspecies found in Southern Asia. Even with this species, there are only a few documented cases of fatalities. Here in Plano, some types of centipedes have venomous bites, and centipedes will use them to scare away threats. These bites can be mildly painful. The house centipede is not aggressive and rarely bites humans. Interestingly, this local arthropod is only a pest because of its creepy appearance. House centipedes are actually beneficial in the way they cull harmful insect populations. They are like a natural form of pest control. The only downside is that you have to live with them to reap the benefits.

Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Centipedes In Your Home

A centipede will enter a home if given a good reason to do so. Most often these pests invade to hunt for other pests. Keeping this in mind, here are five no-sweat general prevention tips to keep your home safe.

  1. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  2. Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and in good working condition.
  3. Reduce moisture sites in and around your home and address damage to pipes, fixtures, and gutters.
  4. Turn off exterior lights at night to deter other pests from invading your living areas.
  5. Reduce clutter inside your home to limit the number of places pests have to hide.

For more detailed prevention, invest in a professional pest control plan courtesy of All-Safe Pest & Termite.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Centipedes In Your House

The best way to prevent centipedes in Plano is with a year-round pest control plan. This is just one service we offer at All-Safe Pest & Termite. We would be happy to investigate pest pressures on your property and offer a simple treatment plan to meet your needs.

Contact All-Safe Pest & Termite now to learn more about our methods and schedule an appointment for your Plano home and property.

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