Millipedes and centipedes are similar pests. Though they may be unusually repulsive, they are not a major threat to people or animals.

Centipedes in the south tend to be the largest. They can grow up to six inches in length. A centipede can be easily distinguished from a millipede because it has fewer legs; specifically, one set for every segment of its body. Millipedes have two sets of legs for every segment, and when they move, their legs appear to be moving in a wave-like motion. A millipede's legs are also shorter and, in general, a millipede cannot move very fast. A centipede, with its fewer legs, can travel considerably faster.

Both centipedes and millipedes are generally hatched from eggs, but some varieties are born live. Some centipedes may live as long as six years.

Centipedes actually have the ability to bite, and are poisonous. The poison from their fangs, located behind the head, is used to kill insects, which are their primary food. To a human, a bite feels like that of a bee sting, and can be dangerous,especially if there is an allergic reaction in response to the bite. Children will be more sensitive to a centipede's bite.

Millipedes are not poisonous and do not have fangs, but they can emit an obnoxious fluid to defend themselves. Some varieties can spray this fluid several inches. The fluid can cause irritation to the skin in some people and should be removed right away. Additionally, it may take some scrubbing to get rid of the odor.

Millipedes feed on decaying plant matter and sometimes living plant roots. Millipedes can damage those roots if there are too many of the pests in the soil. Some varieties are known to be especially bothersome to greenhouse plants. If this occurs, you may need to contact a pest control agency to eliminate your millipede infestation.

House centipedes are an indoor variety. They can move quickly and do not require the moisture that the other varieties need. Centipedes are beneficial to the control of other insects, which may be a good reason to keep them around. The most likely time of year to see centipedes in your home is in the spring or fall.

800-804-6464
Free Pest Quote

Get a Home Pest Control Quote


  • Peace of mind
  • Save Money
  • Tailored Solutions
  • There is no substitute for experience
  • Highly recommended on Angie's List


Stacks Image 129
Up-to-date knowledge

Our technicians have up-to-date knowledge of the techniques available for use in treating your home and business and will create a customized treatment and maintenance program for each customer!

Stacks Image 145
Family Owned and Operated

PacWest Exterminators is a family owned and operated company that is committed to our customers. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. We are down to earth and offer free estimates for your pest control needs. Please call us and we would be happy to help you.


Stacks Image 135
Residential & Commercial Pest Termite Rodent Control

If you’re having a problem with rodents, then we have a licensed technician who can track and eliminate them for you. Maybe termites are bugging you, than call for a free inspection. We are a one stop shop for all your pest control needs. 

Stacks Image 133
Pest Control

Integrated-Pest-Management is as a system of controlling pests by combining biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical and physical control methods in a way that minimizes health and environmental risks.

Stacks Image 149
Our Mission Statement

PacWest Exterminators provides peace of mind and protection from unwanted pest invaders by partnering with our customers to safely supply effective, professional expertise to those experiencing problems in their homes, schools, businesses, rental properties, and places of worship. 



Serving all of Orange County and many Los Angeles County locations

Stacks Image 131
Reliable and Experienced

PacWest Continues to Set High Standards for Ourselves so that Our Customers Receive the Best Possible Service. Our technicians are Knowledgeable of the Latest in Pest Control Techniques, This Enables Us to Customize Effective Treatment Plans for Every Situation.

We are especially adept at solving your problems with Argentine Ants in Orange County, even if over-the-counter products have made the problem worse. We have a lot of experience in solving your problems with Cockroaches in Los Angeles.


Stacks Image 137
Fast Effective Responsible Pest Control

PacWest Exterminators is a full service residential, commercial and industrial pest control company serving the greater Orange County and LA communities. 

We take pride in our exceptional customer service.  Each PacWest associate is dedicated to the customer and exhibits integrity and respect when coming into your home or property.






PacWest Exterminators
7377 La Palma Avenue, #6166
Buena Park, CA 90622
800-804-6464



Professional Affiliations

Stacks Image 36



Community Involvement

Stacks Image 20


Contact Us today for a FREE Quote!