Centipede Control in PA and NJ
What is a Centipede?
Centipedes in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area are generally between 2-3 inches long and are yellowish to dark brown in color, often with dark markings. They have segmented bodies with one pair of legs per segment, using them to dart away quickly. Centipedes like to live in moist environments like damp basements, and they are mostly active at night. These pests patrol the area, looking for other small insects, especially spiders. For that reason, they are actually beneficial if you are okay with cohabitation.
Why do I have them?
Centipedes like moist environments and enter structures such as your basement to seek shelter. Their diet includes insects and spiders, so if there is an infestation of another pest, centipedes may follow. Because they are so flat and relatively small, cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home serve as easy entry points for centipedes to find their way indoors. Once they find a suitable environment with food, moisture, shelter, and little foot traffic from humans in areas such as unfinished basements and crawlspaces, centipedes can live. It's not uncommon to find centipedes in other room with moisture such as bathrooms and under dishwashers or sinks.
Why should I be concerned with centipedes?
Centipedes are capable of biting humans, but it is not common for them to do so. If you are seeing them in great numbers it may be an indication of another type of pest problem since centipedes eat insects and spiders. Because they move very quickly and can climb walls, a lot of people are frightened by centipede activity in their home. For that reason, their presence is more of a nuisance for those who are adverse to seeing them.
How do I get rid of centipedes?
Centipedes can be controlled by sealing entry points like cracks in the foundation. Centipedes can squeeze through small openings on the exterior of your home, as well as through torn window screening, broken dryer or crawlspace vents, and gaps under windows and doors. Centipedes are drawn to moisture that an uncontrolled space in your home can provide. Try using a dehumidifier in your basement to create an environment that not only centipedes find displeasing, but also crickets, millipedes, pillbugs, spiders, and other common household pests.
What service options are available?
Cooper′s Centipede Service begins with an exterior treatment and additional pesticide applications indoors where appropriate. Centipedes are can be treated as a One-Time Service, and they are also covered under both our Home Traditional Service and Home Intensive Service quarterly maintenance plans.
How can I prevent Centipedes in the future?
You may reduce the number of centipedes in your home by making sure that there is as little moisture around your home as possible since it creates a good environment for centipedes. Also, make sure that as many that you seal as many cracks and crevices on the exterior of you home as you can and fill gaps around doors and basement windows.
How soon can you get here?
At Cooper Pest Solutions, our goal is to provide fast, convenient service, with the peace of mind that you are in good hands. We understand that pest problems can be stressful and overwhelming, so we strive to have one of our representatives meet with you the same day or very next day.
Is the treatment environmentally friendly?
There are many eco-friendly options available for centipede control. In addition, all products used by Cooper Pest Solutions are EPA registered for pest control use. Our highly trained pest control professionals will follow all appropriate label requirements in an effort to keep pets and humans safe.