March 18, 2020

Is It A Centipede Or A Millipede In My Montgomery Texas Home?

There are lots of pests that can get into your Montgomery home. Most of the pests that will get into your home have six legs. A few of them have eight legs. But only two have more than eight legs. They're called centipedes and millipedes. Here's how you can tell the difference between them, and what you need to know about them.

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Most of the centipedes that you'll see inside your home are going to be common house centipedes. A house centipede can look to be as much as four inches long. Much of that length is due to their long legs, which shoot out from their sides. These legs are tan with dark brown bands. On the head of the centipede are two long antennae, and off the tip of its abdomen are two long legs that you might mistake for antennae.

Every once in awhile, there is another centipede that can become a problem for Texas homeowners. It is called the giant red-headed centipede or the Texas red-headed centipede. This species of centipede can get quite big, and it can deliver a painful, venomous bite. A Texas red-headed centipede will usually have 21 or 23 pairs of legs. These legs will be a yellow color (except for the last two, which are black). Its head is a reddish-orange color.


Most of the millipedes that get into Montgomery homes are black. When you touch them, they'll curl up into a spiral. But we don't advise you to touch them. They can excrete a foul-smelling liquid that can cause your skin to blister. You can easily tell the difference between a millipede and a centipede because the legs of a millipede are tiny, and they shoot out the bottom.

Problems Centipedes Cause

While house centipedes are venomous, they are not known to bite people. You don't have anything to fear when you see these creepy critters in your home, they're just gross to have around. Giant red-headed centipedes, on the other hand, can bite you. How painful the bite will be depends on how much venom the centipede injects into the bite wound. It may feel like a bee stung you, or it could be far more intense.

Problems Millipedes Cause

Millipedes don't bite or sting and they aren't known to spread diseases. They are also not able to complete their life cycle indoors. So they are sort of a self-correcting pest problem. But when they get into your home by the hundreds, they're a mess to clean up. It is better to make an effort to keep them from getting in.

How To Keep Centipedes And Millipedes Out

  • Inspect your foundation wall and seal any cracks you find.
  • Make sure there are no gaps in the rubber weatherstripping around your exterior doors.
  • Make sure your door sweeps are in good condition.
  • Repair or replace damaged screens.
  • Fill in gaps around pipes.
  • Fill holes created by wood-destroying pests or replace the wood.
  • Alter conditions that allow dampness near your home.
  • Remove leaf piles, grass piles, and woodpiles.
  • Remove unnecessary objects near your home.
  • Invest in a residential pest control program.

Centipede And Millipede Control

If you need assistance with establishing an effective pest control barrier around your home, let the bugsperts at Bill Clark Pest Control help you get control of bugs, and also wildlife pests, that can be a nuisance or present a threat to your property and your health. We have competitive priced residential pest control plans that will give you the results you're looking for. Reach out to us today. We're here to help.


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