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Do Centipedes Bite or Sting?

Centipedes Can Bite
Centipedes Can Bite

Centipedes are pests that are pretty common to the State of New Jersey. You may come across them in your home, but don’t be too alarmed. It is possible for centipedes to bite, but again, there isn’t much that you need to be concerned about. However, you should know what to do if you do experience one of their bites. You also need to know when to contact NJ pest control services.

Do Centipedes Bite or Sting?

An injury from a centipede isn’t really an actual bite, although almost everyone calls it one. The parts of the centipede that pierce the skin are called the forcipules. They are more like the front legs of the insect, and not parts of the mouth. Still, these appendages do inject venom.

Fortunately, in most cases, a centipede’s bite isn’t dangerous at all. You may encounter some swelling and pain, but allergic reactions are pretty rare.

Symptoms of a Centipede Bite

Symptoms of a centipede bite include:

• Pain at the bite site

• Itching at the bite site

• Redness and swelling

• A headache

• A racing pulse

If you have a centipede problem in your home, contacting NJ pest control services is a wise move. This is especially true if you have small children at home or family members with allergies. In those cases, their reactions might be worse.

At Allison Pest Control, we’re here to help you! Contact us today!

Sowbugs and Centipedes Are Closer to Crabs Than Insects

To Treat a Problem You Must First Know What the Problem Is!
To Treat a Problem You Must First Know What the Problem Is!

Some of the pests you find around your home aren’t necessarily insects, even though they look very bug-like. Centipedes and sowbugs are examples of bugs that aren’t really bugs. Instead, these critters are arthropods that are related to crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans. Keep in mind that our Tom’s River exterminator can help get them out of your home.


Sowbugs are small and have a brownish-gray coloring. If you look closely at them, you’ll notice that they actually look like small armadillos due to the plates that cover their backs. Sowbugs can only live in damp environments, so you’re not likely to find them hanging out in the main part of your home. You might find them in your basement, though, or around the outside of your house and on your lawn.


Centipedes are long and have many pairs of legs on their bodies. They’re yellowish-gray or brown in color and have stripes on their legs. These critters, which prefer to live in damp, dark places, feed on bugs and other arthropods. You’ll most likely see centipedes scurrying across walls in your home as they move from one hiding spot to the next. Centipedes are capable of biting people, but rarely do.

If you’re having problems with centipedes, sowbugs or other pests, a reliable Tom’s River exterminator can help you get rid of them. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about our services.

Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.

Insect With Many Legs Bugging New Jersey Residents

Many Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey residents are reporting that they are seeing an increase of creepy crawling bugs this summer season. While usually found enjoying the great outdoors, centipedes and millipedes are on the upswing in many parts of New Jersey homes.  These nocturnal multi-legged problem insects tend to venture inside when the New Jersey weather is too hot to handle on the outside.

The centipede, also called the “hundred-legged worm” can be an annoying pest both on the interior or exterior of your home or business.  Preferring a wet moist environment the centipede will move indoors during dry weather. You can often find centipedes indoors around sinks, drains, crawl spaces, basements, sump pumps, bathrooms or other humid dark places.  Centipedes can range in size from 1 to 12 inches.  They are a long-lived insect and sometimes can be found to live as long as 6 years.  They are typically reddish-brown in color, but subterranean species are whitish as they lack pigmentation.  Centipedes are beneficial insects as they do prey on other insects, spiders, worms, and small animals.  Their bite, although not poisonous, is painful when inflicted.  Some people do experience allergic reactions to their bites.  Centipedes are fast runners and have no trouble climbing walls.

The millipede, also called the “thousand-legged worm” typically will be found on the exterior as well, but during the late summer and fall months, will become a nuisance pest as they venture indoors to escape drought or excessive rain conditions.  Millipedes are dark reddish-brown or brownish-black with cylindrical worm-like bodies.  They grow to about ½ to 1 ½ inches long depending on the species. They crawl very slowly and secrete an unpleasant odor when threatened.  Millipedes do not bite humans.  They won’t damage structures, household possessions, or food sources, but they are an annoying pest to have in your home or business.

You can keep these and other New Jersey problem insects under control by hiring a licensed pest control specialist like Allison Pest Control.  Sign up for the Home Pest Protection Plan today, and let Allison Pest Control protect your New Jersey home from a pest invasion.

Cockroaches In New Jersey

Cockroaches are the most common, and one of the most feared insects, that can infest homes in New Jersey and across the United States.  There are approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only a few are considered to be household pests. 

Most people find cockroaches to be repulsive housemates.  They are known to transmit diseases such as salmonella as they scurry around and in unprotected food items.  Cockroaches have also proven to be very dangerous to people who suffer from asthma or have allergies.  Children and the elderly are particularly at risk of becoming ill when there is a cockroach infestation.

The American cockroach, also known as the palmetto bug or water bug, runs quickly and will dart out of site when you enter the room.  Despite its large size, it can squeeze into very small cracks and crevices. It has over 2000 individual lenses in its eyes so it can see you coming from all angles.

The German cockroach has wings, but cannot sustain flight.  This type of cockroach is the most common type of roach found in the world.  They tend to live where humans are as we provide them with what they crave…food, water and shelter.  These roaches will emit a stinky smell when frightened.

The Oriental cockroach is also known as a water bug. They prefer dark and moist environments like sewers, drains, damp basements, crawl spaces and porches.  Not liking the cold weather, these roaches will eventually try to find a way inside.

Unlike other types of insects that die off over the winter months, cockroaches are prevalent in New Jersey homes and businesses year-round.  They can easily live up to three months without a food source and for up to a month without water.

The wasp and the centipede are the cockroach’s natural predator; but most people find having those pests hanging around the home or business quite objectionable too!  Your best bet at eliminating a cockroach infestation is to hire a licensed pest control specialist.  At Allison Pest Control, our operators have the expertise to rid your home or business of disgusting cockroaches.