About Hawaii Centipedes
The 100 legger, or centipede has around 21 body segments and one pair of legs per segment. Hawaii has several types of centipedes, but perhaps the most feared is the Indonesian Centipede. Known for its radiant colors and large size (up to 20cm in length), the Hawaii centipede can move with surprising quickness and deliver a very painful bite.
Hawaii Centipede Diet
Unlike other Hawaii Pests, the centipede does not feed on discarded kitchen food, but rather on spiders and occasionally mice, reptiles or amphibians of the centipede is large enough to kill. It uses a pair of sharp claws that connect to venomous glands to disable its prey.
The centipede bite can be painful and induce swelling and a fever. Apply a cold compress to the bite and use cortisone to reduce pain and irritation.
Signs of a Centipede Infestation
Because the centipede is mostly nocturnal, most people are completely unaware if their home has a centipede infestation. Centipedes are nearly completely blind and use antennae to detect vibrations. They seek out dry, warm locations which they often mistake for the bed and blankets of humans.
If you suspect you have a centipede infestation, contact Kamaaina Termite and Pest Control for a FREE centipede inspection.