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Centipedes

Habitat

Centipedes are frequently found around buildings.

  • Size: 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.
  • Color: Varies. The majority are brownish or orange-brown.
  • Legs: 100
  • Shape: 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.
  • Antenanae: yes

Control / Prevention

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

Threats

None

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