How To Keep Centipedes Away From Your Tampa Property

Tampa has some of the best natural surroundings for outdoor activities and eco-tourism. Tampa’s tidal inlets leading out to the open bay where water invites all ages to have fun in the sun. We boast that visiting our city will make you feel one with nature. One natural creature Tampa residents do not want to “commune” with is the creepy, crawly centipede. Centipedes infesting our Tampa properties is just a little too close to nature for most. 

Brown centipede

What Are Centipedes And Are They Dangerous?

Some say centipedes look like alien creatures from outer space. While not from outer space, the centipede is an odd-looking creature that has an inch-long body that looks similar to a worm with a lot of legs (15-177 pairs). Some have compared them to a walking dust mop. They are normally yellowish to dark brown in coloration and sometimes have stripes or marks. Centipede legs are often banded. With a rounded head, the centipede has a pair of long and slender antennae. Centipedes will often stop before they dart away. They are extremely fast which makes them hard to catch and are solitary insects that often seek out shadowy places to hide. Centipedes rarely bite unless they feel physically threatened. While their jaws are small and weak, they can inject venom that can be painful (a lot like a bee sting) and cause swelling. The good news is that centipedes are not dangerous to humans or pets.

Why Are Centipedes Moving Into Your Tampa Property?

Centipedes can be found just about anywhere in the world. They are predators that prefer to live outdoors hiding during the day in damp places. Places where centipedes are likely to be hiding on your property include:

  • Under mulch
  • Under piles of leaves and grass
  • Under stones
  • In rotting logs
  • Within woodpiles
  • In trash

Centipedes will invade homes when conditions outside are so hot and dry that they need to seek moisture. Once inside, they will seek areas in the building that will provide the moisture they need.

When centipedes invade homes, they can thrive in the following areas:

  • Potted plants
  • Bathrooms
  • Damp basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Closets
  • Near drains, faucets, and pipes

What Are Little Known Ways To Prevent Centipedes In Your Tampa Property?

Centipedes typically find their way into homes by sliding through spaces under exterior doors, sliding glass doors, gaps around windows, or vulnerable spots in the foundation. They can be discouraged from entering your building by practicing some simple prevention methods.

There are multiple steps you can take to “un-invite” centipedes from entering your building. These include:


  • Seal holes, gaps, and cracks in the exterior of your home.
  • Remove logs, stones, and rocks.
  • Store firewood off the ground.
  • Remove piles of leaves and grass clippings.


  • Ventilate basements, attics, and crawl spaces.
  • Fix interior leaks.
  • Check items brought into your building from dark, damp, moisture-filled areas.
  • Keep humidity down with dehumidifiers.
  • Minimize clutter in dark, damp areas.

What Is The Best Way To Remove Centipedes From Your Tampa Property?

When property owners see centipedes, it can be a sign that there are a large number of insects like silverfish and carpet beetle larvae present in the building. With indications of bigger problems, property owners should call in professional pest experts to evaluate the extent of risk. Bold Servicing is the premium provider for comprehensive pest management in the Tampa area. Call Bold Servicing today and let us help you identify and eradicate your pest problems.