Centipedes in Massachusetts

Centipede Species in Massachusetts

There are several types of centipedes throughout the nation. However, the most common species in Massachusetts is the house centipede. They enter homes and businesses through gaps in vents, pipes, and windows. Once inside, these quick-moving pests take shelter in dark, damp places like bathrooms and basements. Some other frequently infested areas include:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Cellars
  • Floor drains
  • Garages
  • Sump pumps
  • Under stones

You can also accidentally bring house centipedes indoors in potted plants or fresh firewood.

What Do Centipedes Look Like?

An adult house centipede ranges from one to two inches long but may appear larger because of its 15 sets of legs. They are yellowish-brown with three black stripes running along the length of their bodies.
picture of a house centipede

Problems Caused by Centipedes

While centipedes help by eating insects like cockroaches and spiders, they can cause issues in homes, offices, and garages. Though it’s rare, these pests will bite people and pets if handled or threatened. The attacks feel like bee stings with some swelling and irritation on the skin.

Most residents, business owners, and students find the arthropod’s fast movements and unique look unsettling. If you’re curious about how to get rid of centipedes or have a house centipede infestation, contact our team at Waltham Pest Services.

Author: Waltham Pest Services