Centipedes & Bryan Texas
Centipedes are a very primitive predacious family of hunters that also have venom. Their toxin is not usually life-threatening to human unless you are allergic to it. Their sting is painful and can induce swelling around the puncture wounds. The painful bites are very similar to the sting from honey bees.
Centipedes Are Nocturnal Hunters
Around the Bryan and College Station are you are most likely to encounter the redheaded centipede which has a long, black body, often yellow/golden colored legs and a bright red head. All of these colors are what we biologist refer to as warning colors. They are telling you to leave me alone as I am toxic. Must like the coral snake, tarantula wasps, and yellow jackets – bright colors mean danger in the insect and invertebrate world.
The big, fast-moving centipedes here in Bryan Texas feed on fairly large organisms. They are fond of catching and consuming lizards, larger insects, small mammals/ rodents and even on snakes. That information just makes centipedes that much creepier.
It is possible to find centipedes in your home, but that is not their normal nor preferred place to hide. They like to live under things like rocks in your garden, wood that is laying on the ground, and other places where prey might accumulate.
The Sting From A Centipede
Their venom is a neurotoxin which it injects into its prey via its first pair of front legs. Their evolution is such at their front legs act as stingers and their many sets of legs are used to hold prey while the paralyzing sting is administered. They will climb trees and shrubs looking for bird nests too and then kill and consumer the baby birds. Redheaded centipedes can hit the eight-inch mark for length and they are fast enough to run down lizards and even snakes.
Fortunately, they have little interest in human flesh, but they will not hesitate to issue a sting if threatened or harmed. They also do not have very good eyes and the rely on their antenna to find prey. Still, they are creepy, and their sting is painful. Children and pets are often stung because both are curious. Never try to pick up a centipede as they will actively defend themselves.
Centipede Control For Bryan & College Station
One of the best ways to get right of centipedes is to remove all of the things from your yard under which they like to hide. They are not territorial in that they make a nest and live there. Instead, they wander about looking for food and will hang in a spot if there is food around. Getting rid of piles of lumber, old wood, debris is a good first step. We can help you to safely apply contact poisons around things like a firewood and sheds where centipedes might find prey.
For more information about centipede control, reach out to our professional team. We provide comprehensive pest control services throughout the Bryan and College Station community and into the surrounding areas.