Millipedes and centipedes are both common pests that can be found in homes across the US.  Both pests are arthropods which mean they are inverebrates – having an external skeleton, a segmented body, and jointed appendages.  Although these pests look similar and are oftentimes confused, they do have some major differences. 

Centipede

 

  •  Centipedes tend to occur in lower numbers than millipedes
  • 14 or more segments
  • Centipedeshave forcipules (modifications on the first pair of legs that form pincer-like appendages) are found on no other arthropods.
  • Considered carnivorous compared to the millipede
  • Have 1 pair of legs per body segment
 

Millipede

 

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