Centipedes, Millipedes


Centipedes and Millipedes that live in the Las Vegas area are for the most part not poisonous and they also do not cause damage to homes. An infestation can cause anxiety for a lot of people when they come across these crawlers.

Centipedes and millipedes may come into a home because there is an infestation of other insects that they feed on These pests like, dark, moist areas and the centipedes or millipedes can get in from outside.

The most common centipede that infests homes is called, aptly, the house centipede. The house centipede, or Scutigera Coleoptrata, originally from the Mediterranean area but has spread the United States and Canada. House centipedes eat other insects and spiders. When they are born, they only have eight legs and when they are fully developed they have thirty legs. The house centipede is usually one or two inches in length and the back legs and the antennae look the same so it is hard to tell which end is the front or the back. This centipede has eyes that are better developed than those of most other centipede species and like to hide in basements, bathrooms, cabinets, garages, and firewood stockpiles.

Other centipedes that live in houses may have anywhere from 30 to 382 legs, with one pair of legs attached to each body segment. Centipedes may live for several years. They are nocturnal and feed during the night. House centipedes are not likely to bite, but some larger centipedes may bite when handled, causing a sharp pain.

The desert centipede has different color characteristics from other centipedes. They are dark brown and can look intimidating since they can grow to be four to six inches in length. The desert centipede is poisonous and can bite when threatened. The bite is similar to a bee sting and treated the same way.   Some people may have an allergic reaction to the bite so go to an emergency room or Quick Care center where you can get prompt attention.

Millipedes have two pairs of legs attached to each body segment. They mostly eat rotting organic matter and plant material. Millipedes are not capable of moving as quickly as centipedes and they do not attack and kill live prey. The millipede species with the largest number of legs has 750 legs; no millipede has 1,000 legs. The legs of a millipede are much shorter than those of a centipede. Millipedes may destroy garden crops, but once they get into a house they are not as good at surviving as centipedes and they usually die off quickly and have a lifespan of five or more years living outside the home.

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