Centipede & Millipede Control In South Florida

If there is one thing that we have learned in our years of providing the West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, Lake Worth, and Boca Raton areas with pest control services, it’s that generally, the more legs that a pest has, the more likely that people will find it repulsive. Yes, when people think of a pest with many legs that they hate, they usually think of spiders, but at Native Pest Management, it makes us think of centipedes and millipedes.

If you have an infestation of centipedes or millipedes in or around your South Florida home or business, we urge you to contact us today.

Centipedes & Millipedes — What Is The Difference?

Per their names, centipedes have 100 legs and millipedes have 1,000,000 legs, making counting their legs the easiest way to determine what pest you are dealing with. Okay, well — maybe that isn’t true. There are many different species of centipedes and millipedes, but generally, centipedes have between 15 and 300 pairs of legs while millipedes have around 400. So if they are both long insects with many legs, what makes them different?

Centipedes – Centipedes are multi-legged pests that are distinguishable by their body segments that retain one set of legs. By nature, centipedes are predatory of other insects, using their potent venom to subdue and consume other pests. Centipedes are generally solitary bugs, meaning that unless you see many centipedes, you might be dealing with an isolated incident rather than an infestation.

Millipedes – Millipedes are much like centipedes in the sense that they are long, multi-legged insects, but what sets them apart is their body segments. Unlike centipedes, millipedes have two sets of legs per body segment. Millipedes differ, however, in the sense that they do not bite, and generally hide during the day. The largest and most interesting difference between these two insects is that millipedes travel, or migrate,  together in large numbers. So if you see one millipede, chances are there are more — so contact your South Florida pest control experts today!

Are Centipedes & Millipedes Dangerous?

When it comes to pests there are two main concerns that people have, the first being the discomfort that the pests cause, and the second being the threat, or danger, of the pest. Luckily, neither of these South Florida pests are terribly dangerous. Yes, both pests can cause you slight pain or discomfort, so they should not be handled, but neither pest can cause serious health concerns.

Centipedes are technically venomous, and they do bite, but as long as you avoid picking them up you should be fine. Millipedes, on the other hand, do not bite but have been known to secrete a defensive “ooze” that can cause slight discomfort. Rather than risking injury or discomfort, simply contact us at Native Pest Management and inquire about our centipede and millipede pest control services.

Native Pest Management — Your South Florida Pest Solution

Do you have centipedes or millipedes in, or around, your South Florida home or business? If so, we urge you to contact us today at Native Pest Management. While these pests are not extremely dangerous, they can cause you discomfort, making the best decision to go straight to the pros! Our team of experienced South Florida pest control providers will happily come to your home or business, get rid of the infestation, and do whatever they can to ensure that the pests stay away for good!

We look forward to working with you.

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