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General Info

Though they are called hundred leggers, these nuisance pests may have as few as 15 pairs of legs.  Of course these worm-like insects may also have well over 100 pairs of legs.  Either way they certainly look creepy but do not pose a serious threat to health or property.

Known Issues

Bites or Stings

Nuisance Pest

Structure Invading

Centipede in home


Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred leggers” because they have so many legs. Centipedes can be found throughout the United States including right here in South Carolina. While their appearance is often alarming to homeowners, these pests are not looking to cause harm.

What do centipedes look like?

Centipedes may have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. They are elongated and flattened and appear worm-like. They’re usually yellowish to dark brown in color and may have darker stripes or markings on their body.

Centipede habits and behaviors

House centipedes are nocturnal, being more active at night. They eat flies, spiders and occasionally plant tissue. They prefer to be in areas of high moisture which means bathrooms, crawlspaces and potted plants are likely sources to attract centipedes. Outside, they will prefer spending their time near rotting logs, under rocks or stones, and in trash or piles of leaves.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Centipedes are considered nuisance pests and don’t pose a threat to property or people. They do, however, have a poison in their jaws that they use to inject into their prey. If you roughly handle some of the larger species, they could bite. This can be a painful bite that can break the skin and cause swelling, much like a bee sting.

Does Aiken treat centipedes?

Yes, we do treat for centipedes. Please call us for more information on our home pest control services.