Centipedes are found in an array of terrestrial habitats from tropical rainforests to deserts. Within these habitats centipedes require a moist micro-habitat because they lack the waxy cuticle of insects and arachnids, and so lose water rapidly through the skin. Accordingly, they are found in soil and leaf litter, under stones and deadwood, and inside logs. In addition, centipedes are one of the largest terrestrial invertebrate predators and often they contribute a significant proportion to invertebrate predatory biomass in terrestrial ecosystems.
Centipedes have a rounded or flattened head, bearing a pair of antennae at the forward margin. They have a pair of elongated mandibles, and two pairs of maxillae. The first pair of maxillae form the lower lip, and bear short palps. The first pair of limbs stretch forward from the body to cover the remainder of the mouth. These limb, or maxillipeds, end in sharp claws and include poison glands that help the animal to kill or paralyse its prey.
Centipedes possess a variable number of ocelli, which are sometimes clustered together to form true compound eyes. Even so, it appears that centipedes are only capable of discerning light and dark, and not of true vision. Indeed, many species lack eyes altogether. In some species the final pair of legs act as sense organs similar to antennae, but facing backwards. An unusual sense organ found in some groups are the organs of Tömösvary. These are located at the base of the antennae, and consist of a disc-like structure with a central pore surrounded by sensory cells. They are probably used for sensing vibrations, and may even provide a sense of hearing.
Safe and Effective Pest Control
Chuck Sullivan's method of application and choice of products is safe for your family and pets but eliminates the bug problems.
We use synthetic pyrethroids, a botanical-based material derived from chrysanthemum flowers that works in the same way as our own pharmaceutical products, which are simply designed to speed up the body's metabolism. The formula applied to insects, being on a much smaller scale, will result in their metabolism increasing to the point of extermination.
You might call it... 'Bug-Speed'. To put it in perspective, for example, flea control products are made from synthetic pyrethroids and are designed to be placed directly on the pet's skin. The dog or cat is too large to be affected by the material, but is destructive to the much smaller flea.
Therefore, when applied by a trained exterminator, pyrethroids are safe for human and pet health as well as the environment as they are used in very small doses and often diluted in water or oil. The formula breaks down in the environment, heat and sunlight speeding this process.
Chuck Sullivan Exterminators provides an All Pest Service Guarantee so you won't have to worry about insects in your home or commercial building after treatment has been applied.
Centipedes are INCLUDED in the All Pest Service guarantee.
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