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What’s The Difference: Millipedes and Centipedes

Millipedes and Centipedes

Key Takeaways

  • Millipedes and Centipedes are often hidden pests that can cause harm and infest homes seeking a reliable food source, especially in winter.
  • Their small size and preference for damp areas make them difficult to detect, and they are primarily active at night.
  • Centipedes can bite in self-defense, injecting venom that causes intense pain, while millipedes secrete toxic chemicals when threatened, leading to skin irritation and eye swelling.
  • Infestations of centipedes and millipedes usually indicate multiple pest problems, as they primarily feed on other insects.
  • Professional pest control companies are equipped to handle centipede and millipede infestations effectively, along with other pest issues, ensuring thorough extermination and control.

What’s The Difference: Millipedes and Centipedes

Centipedes and Millipedes are tinier, often better hidden insects then your
average pest. But do not forget that these insects are still pests who can cause just as
much, if not more harm to you and your household then the likes of cockroaches or

Centipedes and millipedes, like many other pests, are most often drawn into
houses that provide a reliable food source, often when the winter begins. Their small size (small even compared to most insects) mean they can’t hold in moisture the same way as other pests. Damp areas of your home are most likely where you’ll often find them. Both insects are largely nocturnal, meaning they are active in the nighttime.

Their nocturnal activities coupled with their small size means centipede and millipede infestations commonly go unnoticed by homeowners for long periods of time. Both types of insects are known to bite when threatened. Centipedes can bite people in self-defense and inject their venom into the skin. More massive centipedes may deliver more venom, causing intense pain.

When alarmed, millipedes fold up in a tight spiral frame and secrete toxic chemicals, which can result in a vicious burning sensation in your skin. If millipedes come into contact with the eyes it could lead to swelling, itching and redness of your cornea.

Centipede and Millipede infestations are very much bad news and likely require professional assistance. Since both insects primarily feed on other insects, this means your house likely has multiple pest infestations. Professional pest control companies have the skills and equipment for effective house centipede extermination and control, while also taking on any other type or level of pest infestation you may be dealing with.


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