Flat, elongated and segmented bodies with anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs


Range of browns and reddish-oranges


Depending on the species, they can range from 4 to 152 millimeters in length


Secluded, damp and dark places are preferred

Interesting Facts

Centipedes are venomous and carnivorous

About the Centipede

There are several types of centipedes, but the ones commonly found on properties around the metro Atlanta area are smaller, fast-moving, nocturnal pests. Few signs other than a visual spotting will confirm you have centipedes indoors. The female lays eggs in damp soil, and once hatched, the centipede grows quickly to adulthood, developing a full set of legs in the process – one set per segment. Average lifespan is approximately a year, but they have been known to live for up to six years in certain environments. They feed on small, soft bodied creatures such as spiders and worms.

Centipede Control

Centipedes aren’t active during the day, typically, which is why an infestation can be difficult to detect. If you see what you think is a centipede, it’s possible that a female has laid eggs nearby.


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