What is the difference between Centipedes and Millipedes?

Although Centipedes and Millipedes look similar, they actually have a few differences.  For instance, Giant Centipedes are often tan and brown, but can have more vibrant colorations.  In difference, Millipedes range from dark brown to black.  Giant Centipedes feed on small insects, larvae and spiders.  Where as Millipedes survive upon the decaying organic matter moist areas are rich in.  Though they both are longer in length than most pest, their bodies are slightly different.  Giant Centipedes can grow to be 6.5 inches in length, and Millipedes grow up to only 5 inches in length.  Millipedes tend to have more legs due to having two pairs of legs per body segment.

Giant Centipede 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.  To prevent a Giant Centipede 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.


MillipedeMillipedes need moisture to live.  They are found living in moist vegetation, leaf litter, and mulch. Millipedes are frequently found outside; however they can survive indoors in moist basements and crawl spaces. Millipede management begins with improved sanitation. Clean up leaf piles and raise potted plants. A pest control program will also help reduce millipedes.

If you are experiencing a problem with either of these creepy crawlers, give Essential Pest a call today and we’ll help you eliminate the issue.

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