November 15, 2018

Pest Guide: Centipedes

Chilopoda and Diplopoda

Centipedes are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric animals with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Centipedes can easily be distinguished from millipedes by counting the number of pairs of legs arising from most body segments: millipedes have two pairs, while centipedes bear one pair per segment, with the first pair of legs being modified into fangs.


Centipedes are frequently found around buildings.



Control / Prevention

Seal cracks in foundation, windows, and doors. Reduce the amount of leaves and mulch near your home.



Size Color Legs Shape Antenanae
Most species are less than 1 ½ inch long, although one species, Narceus americanus (Beauvois) (Order Spirobolida), in west Texas grows up to 4 inches long. Varies. The majority are brownish or orange-brown. 100 Centipedes are generally flattened and have a pair of well developed antennae on the head. Some centipedes, such as the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata Linnaeus), have long legs and are capable of running rapidly. yes

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