Centipedes or “hundred-leggers” are predators that use sharp fangs to inject venom into the insects and other small creatures on which they feed. Centipedes are usually active at night and hide in cracks or under objects. They prefer dark, humid areas under rocks, mulch, leaf litter, or beneath loose bark in rotting logs. Individual centipedes may live for a year or more.
Centipedes can enter homes by crawling under doors or through most any small opening, such as where pipes or wires enter a structure. Once inside, they may be anywhere in the house but tend to favor undisturbed areas in garages, bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces which provide hiding spaces and food.