The Common House Centipede Is Certainly An Unwanted And Often Terrifying Houseguest, But What Are The Worst Consequences Of An Infestation?
Numerous types of arthropod pests appear regularly within homes in Pennsylvania. The most common indoor arthropod pests in the state include cockroaches, flies, Asian lady beetles, stink bugs, bed bugs, carpet beetles, earwigs, western conifer seed bugs and several ant species. However, few arthropod pests are as unsettling as house centipedes. House centipedes can be found in homes all over the United States, and just about everyone has encountered at least one within a home at some time or another. What is most disturbing about house centipedes is their ability to travel across floors at super-fast speeds, making them difficult to capture or smash. House centipedes can also grow to relatively large sizes and their appearance alone is enough to lose sleep over. Although house centipedes can inflict venomous bites on human skin, such instances are rarely reported, and when they are, the bites almost never result in symptoms more serious than localized pain and possibly minor swelling. However, residents who spot an unusually large amount of house centipedes indoors may have another pest problem to worry about, as house centipedes tend to gather in areas where arthropod pests are most abundant.
The only good thing that can be said about house centipedes is their habit of preying on undesirable insects that often establish indoor infestations. House centipedes prey on just about every type of arthropod that a person can think of, including spiders, silverfish, firebrats, beetle larvae and even hardy cockroaches. Therefore, house centipedes, though ugly, can serve as effective pest controllers within indoor environments. Then again, seeing a sudden influx of house centipedes indoors can indicate that a home may be infested with another group of insects that are too numerous to be eliminated by centipedes alone. This is especially the case when a resident notices an unusually large amount of house centipedes maintaining a persistent indoor presence. In cases where many house centipedes are being spotted indoors, the centipedes cannot be eradicated until their food source is eliminated first. Pinpointing this food source often means uncovering another indoor arthropod infestation that had not yet been noticed by the homeowner. In some cases, indoor house centipedes can become abundant indoors due to water leaks that have formed high-moisture conditions within homes. The house centipede’s preference for high moisture environments is indicated by their common presence within bathrooms, basements, kitchens and even within drains. In any case, homes that are infested with arthropods, such as roaches or ants, often become infested with house centipedes as well.
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