Centipedes are hideous creatures that are terrifying to most people. They are mostly harmless and feed on more troublesome pests like bed bugs and cockroaches, but they are most unpleasant to have around. So, how do you get rid of them naturally? The key is to remove what attracts centipedes to the home and stop them from reaching the interior. If you are struggling with a centipede problem in your home or business, give The Exterminators a call (647-496-2211). We provide centipede control solutions that are safe and affordable.
Centipedes are insects that are famous for their elongated bodies and many legs. The prefix “centi” is Latin for “hundred,” and “pede” means “foot,” as these bugs look like they might have a hundred legs. While there are several species of centipede out there, the most common is the house centipede. This species is commonly found in the coolest, dampest parts of the home such as the basement or bathroom. As insectivores, house centipedes feed on a diet of spiders, ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, silverfish, and other bugs. The average centipede measures 10cm long and has 15 pairs of legs.
If you want to get rid of centipedes naturally, you will need to address what attracts them in the first place. Make sure that your faucets do not leak and consider getting a dehumidifier. Check that the fans in your bathrooms are in good working order. Because centipedes feed on other insects, remove every food source these other pests could be eating. Store foods in tightly sealed containers, wipe surfaces clean, and vacuum regularly. Avoid leaving any food out overnight. Anything that attracts spiders, ants, or other bugs will also attract the centipedes that eat them.
Outside, keep the yard tidy. This will reduce the likelihood of having centipedes crawl into the home. Mow the lawn on a regular basis and get rid of any piles of leaves or grass. Move woodpiles away from the outside walls of the home. Get rid of standing water. Finally, keep centipedes out by blocking every potential entry point. Seal every crack you find in the windows, doors, siding, and piping with an expanding foam or silicone caulking. Check that your screen doors do not have any holes in them and put weatherstripping on the front door.
In most cases, centipedes are few and far between. If you are dealing with a severe infestation, there may be other pests living in your home and you will need to get rid of those as well. Natural remedies are helpful, but the most effective way to get rid of pests is to call a professional pest remover. Technicians use safe and effective insecticides that work quickly and have lasting effects. They have the tools and training to get rid of any pest problem. Call The Exterminators today if you have been living with centipedes and you want them gone.