They’re an eyesore.
But are centipedes dangerous?
What Are Centipedes?
You know that long, creepy, flat, bug with lots of legs? It’s called a centipede. You may have seen a few around your home or property. The centipede is very common around the Atlanta, GA area.
Depending on the species, the centipede can have as many as 346 legs, or as few as 30. They are long, skinny insects that are usually a dark reddish-brown in color. Most species of Georgia reach lengths of about two inches, but there have been reports of centipedes that are as long as six inches. These are rare.
Centipedes hunt their prey at night, eating roaches, snails, spiders, and other insects. They are commonly found under vegetation, boards, or rocks around your property. Inside your Atlanta home, they can be found in basements, garages, crawl spaces, and around windows, doors, and baseboards.
Are Centipedes Dangerous?
Centipedes do bite. They do so with pincher like claws, called “poison claws,” that are found next to the centipede’s head. Centipedes are capable of releasing toxic venom when they bite. It’s because of this, centipedes should not be handled. Even if you are being careful while holding a centipede, their multi-segmented bodies are very flexible. This allows a centipede to bite from a wide variety of angles if held.
These centipede bites are relatively harmless, just painful. As of today, there is no public record stating an Atlanta, GA centipede caused human death. Like with many other insects (bees, wasps, etc.) these bites can cause a severe reaction if a victim has insect allergies. If this is the case, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Most centipedes do not pose a serious threat other than pain and swelling. The bigger the centipede, the more pain and swelling a victim is likely to endure. Conversely, some of the smaller centipedes are too small to penetrate human skin. Pain from a bite wound can last several days and may be accompanied by discoloration, numbness and necrosis.
Atlanta Pest Control For Centipedes
While centipedes are not considered deadly, they do inflict painful bites. They are also an eyesore. You definitely do not want these things inside your home. If you are seeing an unusually large number of centipedes inside your home, you may have an infestation. Have a pest control professional, who is experienced in dealing with centipedes, address your situation.
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