How to Identify Stone Centipedes


Centipedes are usually brownish, flattened, and elongated animals that have many body segments. One pair of legs are attached to most of these body segments. They range in length from one inch to six inches and can run very rapidly.


Centipedes do not damage food supplies or household furnishings. Since they eat insects, spiders, and other arthropods, they are considered beneficial. However, most people don’t like it when they wander indoors.


They can infest homes and this is not desired by homeowners. They are both unsightly and a nuisance indoors. Centipedes may bite and they have venom glands. Their bites are usually not serious; however, an antiseptic should be used on the wound and a physician consulted if the skin is punctured.


Indoors, a large infestation is often associated with moisture, such as around a leaky pipe or toilet. These conditions should be corrected as well as making sure you have proper ventilation in your basement and crawlspace.

Outdoors, potential harborages should be removed, such as boards, grass clippings, boxes, etc.

A professional perimeter treatment will reduce Centipede numbers.


A professional treatment is the best way to control centipedes in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the control of centipedes. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your centipede problems.

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About Centipedes

  • Centipedes eat spiders and other insects, and it’s extremely rare for them to bite humans.
  • They’re attracted to moist, damp areas like basements.
  • Some homeowners tolerate centipedes because they devour other insects, but crushing a centipede can cause an unsightly stain.