Carpet Beetle

Cricket

Earwig

Giant Centipede

House Centipede

Millipede

Pill Bug

Silverfish

Springtail

Giant Centipede

Description:

Giant CentipedeThis centipede has 23 pairs of legs and can be 6.5 inches in length.  Giant Centipedes are often tan and brown, but can have more vibrant colorations.

Behavior:

Giant Centipedes feed on small insects, larvae and spiders.  They are most active at night and prefer moist conditions.  They are equipped with two stingers that are used to paralyze their prey.  This centipede is mainly found under rocks and lumber, but can occasionally enter a building through small openings.

Control:

Giant Centipede Outside

To prevent a problem landscape timbers, logs, decorative stones, and firewood piles should be moved away from the foundation. Organic materials, leaves, and mulch should also be cleared away from the structure.  Trees and shrubs that created shady moist areas should be trimmed back.  A pest control maintenance program is also recommended.  These applications target areas centipedes hide and feed.

Fun Fact:

The largest Giant Centipede found in the southwest was over 12 inches in length.