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How To Kill And Get Rid Of Centipedes, Millipedes and Thousand Leggers

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Centipedes

Centipedes usually live outdoors in damp areas such as under leaves, stones, boards, tree bark, or in mulch around outdoor plantings. When these centipede habitats are near a home's foundation, centipedes will wander inside where they may be found at floor level almost anywhere. If accidentally injured, larger centipedes may bite, causing some pain and slight swelling. Actually, their "bites" are not caused by their jaws or mouthparts, but by the front legs which are modified to look and function like jaws and contain venom glands. Smaller species are not large enough to penetrate human skin. Centipede bites are usually not serious, but an antiseptic should be used on the wound and a physician consulted in all cases where the skin is punctured.

Centipedes are usually brownish, flattened, and elongate animals which have many body segments. One pair of legs is attached to most of these body segments. They differ from millipedes in that millipedes have two pairs of legs on most segments and bodies which are not flattened. Centipedes range in length from 1 to 6 inches and can run very rapidly.

Centipedes do not damage food supplies or household furnishings. Since they eat insects, spiders and other arthropods, they are beneficial; but most people consider them a nuisance when they wander indoors and want them controlled.

Chronic problems with centipedes should be addressed by reducing the types of habitats outdoors which encourage their presence. This should include removal of trash, rocks, boards, compost piles, and other hiding places around the structure. Also, caulking and other exclusion techniques may be effective in preventing centipedes from entering homes or other buildings. Residual treatments of Demand or Demon WP applied to cracks, crevices and other hiding places will give good control both indoors and outdoors. Dust formulations of  Borid or TriDie are very useful for treating wall voids and crawl spaces. Non-residual or contact sprays of CB80 or Invader will also give rapid control when used indoors.  When treating outdoors it is necessary to treat thoroughly around the foundation and to treat the mulch in flower and shrub beds. Demand or Demon WP is effective.

House Centipede

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House Centipede
(Actual Size - 1 to 1 1/2 inches)

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(Actual Size 1/2 to 1- 1/2 inches)

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(Actual Size 1/8 to 1/4 inches)

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Carden Slug
(Actual Size 1/2 to 3 inches)

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(Actual Size1/2 to 3/4 inches)

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(Actual Size1/8 to 3/8 inches)

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(Actual Size1/8 to 1/2 inches)