Although many types of centipede inhabit the state of Texas, the most famous by far is the Texas redheaded centipede. Known by names like the giant desert centipede, this bug is big. With the potential to grow nearly a foot in length and packing a painful sting—it strikes fear into humans and other animals alike. This insect can eat other bugs, small reptiles, and even rodents. These centipedes are primarily nocturnal predators and use venom to subdue their prey. Barring allergic reactions this venom is usually non-fatal to humans, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t put a person through a great deal of pain and irritation.
Centipedes enjoy humidity, and, like many bugs, they typically hide in dark damp places. Piles of wood, leaves, compost, rocks—these are all perfect atmospheres not only for centipedes but many other insects. If your home has a crawlspace, it can also be an attractive den for many legged critters. Although centipedes rarely colonize or infest homes, the preventative measures included in services like our Don’t Bug Me Plan help guarantee you won’t be sharing spaces with any of these redheaded strangers. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection!