Centipedes can be found anywhere there are other bugs, like your basement. Basements are often humid, quiet, and cluttered, drawing insects and the centipedes that eat them. And while they are excellent hunters, these are creepy little insectivores that will make anyone uncomfortable. There is a myriad of ways to get rid of centipedes, but the most effective solution is to repel insects from your property and block them out. If there are centipedes in your home and you need help, do not hesitate to reach out to The Exterminators: 647-496-2211.
Centipedes are solitary creatures that usually come in small numbers, so you can get rid of them one at a time. When you see them, you can step on them with your shoes, hit them with a broom, or scoop them up with a vacuum cleaner. Simply crush them while keeping a distance. Centipedes are mostly harmless, but they can bite, so you should try not to touch them. If you would rather not hurt a centipede, you can get rid of it by covering it in a cup, sliding a piece of paper underneath it, then releasing it outside.
A more effective and less direct way to get rid of centipedes is to use pest control products, which you can find at your local hardware store. Some sprays eliminate centipedes on contact, while others leave a residue that will eliminate them later. Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic alternative that dries centipedes and other bugs out when they walk onto it. You can also get glue traps and set these along the baseboards and dark corners of centipede-infested rooms. Be sure to read the labels of pest control products carefully because buying and ensure that they are formulated for centipedes.
To keep centipedes out for good, you will need to address what is attracting them in the first place. First, reduce the amount of clutter you have in the basement and do a deep clean. This will remove what is feeding the insects that the centipedes are eating. Anything that attracts ants, for example, will attract centipedes. Store food in sealed containers and vacuum regularly. Then, get a dehumidifier because centipedes and other bugs prefer humid air. Finally, seal every crack or crevice you find in the baseboards and window frames with caulking or expanding foam. Replace broken window screens and clear the sides of the house so the bugs have nowhere to hide outside.
Centipedes are unsightly pests, but they can be kept under control with the right maintenance. If you are dealing with a severe infestation, call The Exterminators and a technician will be there soon. Our experts are highly experienced in centipede removal and can determine the causes of your centipede problem. They also have the tools and equipment to get rid of them fast. Call The Exterminators for safe, efficient, and reliable pest control services throughout the GTA.