CENTIPEDES

Description: Yellow to dark brown in color with dark markings down their bodies.These pests range from 3mm to 6in in length. Their bodies are flat with 15 to 177 body segments, each segment has a single pair of legs. Most house centipedes are grey-yellow with black stripes and long white banded legs.

Habits: Prefer moist environments indoors such as damp basements, closets, bathrooms. they also live outdoors under stones, leaf piles and decaying firewood. Their main water source comes from their pray.

Treatment: Entry cracks and crevices should be sealed. Eliminating their shelter, glue boards and other forms of pest control applications can be used to treat and control the indoor populations.

Fun Fact: The centipedes front pair of legs have poison glands used to kill their pray.

MILLIPEDES

Description: Most species are brown to black in color, some species range from orange to red in color. They range from 15mm to 4in in length. Millipedes emit a foul smelling and toxic fluid that could potentially be toxic to some insects, small animals and cause blisters on human skin

Habits: Flourishing in outdoor settings where moisture and decaying organic material (grass clippings, rotting wood, mulch, unclean drains, etc.) is present, these pests can invade interior structures if their outdoor harborages are invaded by standing water.

Treatment: Treatment begins outdoors by removing places of shelter and any decaying organic materials. Sealing holes and gaps around windows and doors. Residual applications or other forms of pest control may be necessary if large populations are present.

SILVERFISH

Description: Grey in color and 12mm to 13mm in length when fully grown. They have a slightly elongated oval shaped body that is covered in scales.

Habits: Living in warm structural environments, they hide in tight spaces during the day and become more active at night. They look to great lengths for food, but once found they will remain in that area. They are found feeding off books, cloths and died insects indoors, but also found in mulch beds and under roof shingles outdoors.

Treatment: Removing moisture and lowering temperatures can help control the population, but these pests can survive without food and water for weeks..These pests are easily controlled with careful and careful pesticide applications.