How to Stop Centipedes from Getting in Your House

How to Stop Centipedes from Getting in Your House

Centipedes are hideous insects that are common in houses across Ontario. These are nocturnal insectivores that crawl into people’s homes in search of a warm environment where there are other bugs to eat. Though they are mostly harmless, centipedes are scary to a lot of people. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to make your home less attractive to centipedes and to make it harder for them to get inside. For guaranteed centipede removal within the Greater Toronto Area, call The Exterminators: 647-496-2211.

The first step in getting rid of centipedes is to remove their food source. Because centipedes are insectivores, there is probably another species living in your house. Look carefully for ants, spiders, or other bugs and eliminate them as soon as possible. Keep surfaces clean, vacuum regularly, and store food in sealed containers. Less food in the house means fewer bugs and fewer centipedes. If you are unsure of what you are dealing with, call your local pest remover for an inspection. You can also consider getting an annual perimeter treatment to keep insects out of the house.

Once you have removed their food source, make the home even less attractive by lowering the humidity. Set up a dehumidifier in the basement and check that your bathroom fans are in good working order. Fix leaky faucets to ensure that there is no standing water in the house. Then, seal all entry points. Using a silicone caulking or expanding foam, seal the cracks in your window frames, door frames, and siding to stop any more centipedes from getting inside. You can seal cracks in the foundation with a patching compound or cement mixture. Fix or replace damaged bug screens.

Finally, you can stop centipedes from getting in the house by making the exterior less attractive. Remove clutter from around the yard and mow the lawn on a regular basis. Keeping the grass short gives insects fewer places to hide. In a similar vein, dispose of leaf piles and grass cuttings where moisture collects and there is room for centipedes to hide. Move woodpiles a few feet away from the sides of the house and get rid of any standing water. Finally, you can plant colourful flowers and indigenous plants to attract birds, which will happily feed on centipedes.

If you are currently struggling with an infestation of centipedes, reach out to a local pest remover for help. Professionals have the training to recognize where the bugs are coming from and the equipment to get rid of them fast. The technicians at The Exterminators are highly experienced in all manner of insect removal and can eliminate the centipedes for you. We use professional-grade insecticides that work better than what is available in stores. Call The Exterminators today for affordable and reliable centipede control services: 647-496-2211.