Centipedes are elongated, flattened creatures with numerous legs, ranging from 15 to more than 300, depending on the species. Despite their name, centipedes don't actually have 100 legs, but their name comes from the Latin word "centum," meaning hundred, and "pes," meaning foot.
These interesting little arthropods, which are related to insects, are found throughout Arkansas in a wide variety of habitats including moist, decaying leaf matter observed in gardens, organic material found around homes and building foundations, forests and caves. They can vary greatly in size, from just a few millimeters up to 30 centimeters or more. Centipedes are carnivorous and hunt a variety of prey, including insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates. They use their sharp, venomous claws, called forcipules, to capture and subdue their prey.
While they are generally not considered to be harmful to people, centipedes do have a venomous bite that can cause pain and discomfort. The severity of the bite can vary depending on the species of centipede and the individual's sensitivity to the venom. If you are bitten by a centipede and experience severe symptoms or have an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
Centipede control by exterminators like Bug Pro LLC typically involves several steps to identify, eliminate, and prevent future infestations. If you have any questions about centipedes, call us at (501) 941-3378 or contact us online. We offer a free, no obligation quote.