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Everyone recognizes centipedes as those multi-legged crawling insects. but what else do you know about this common pest? Our experts share some facts about centipedes and why they’re often a target of Carlsbad pest control.

Physical Appearance

Centipedes are arthropods, which puts them in the same classification as arachnids (spiders and scorpions) and crustaceans (shrimp and crayfish). Arthropods are characterized by segmented bodies, pairs of jointed limbs and lack of a backbone.

The term “centipede” is actually a misnomer. In reality, centipedes can have anywhere from 30 to 354 legs. Since they always have an odd number of pairs, it’s impossible for a centipede to have exactly 100 legs.

Behavior and Habits

While they may appear fairly harmless, centipedes are predators that rarely eat plants unless there’s no other source of food. Scientists have been unable to determine exactly what they eat, although it’s believed earthworms make up a large part of their diet. In general, studies show centipedes will eat anything that’s small and soft-bodied.

Centipedes pose a health hazard to humans due to their tendency to bite. Venom is injected through forcipules, an appendage similar to pincers that’s unique to centipedes. Their bite is not usually fatal, although results can be more serious in children and people with allergies to bee stings. In most cases, centipede bites are extremely painful, causing swelling, fever and weakness.

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