What Attracts House Centipedes to Your Home

What Attracts House Centipedes to Your Home?

Like most insects, centipedes are attracted to warm areas where they can find food and shelter. They will sneak their way into your home if there is an opening and an opportunity to feed indoors. While centipedes will feed on the other bugs in your living space, these are unsightly creatures that are terrifying to most people. If you are currently dealing with a centipede problem in your home or place of work, reach out to The Exterminators today for quality centipede control solutions: 647-496-0815.

House centipedes are small insects, roughly 10cm long and yellow in colour. They have narrow, elongated bodies and up to 15 pairs of legs that stick out on their sides, making them look hairy. As insectivores, centipedes feed solely on other bugs. These are active hunters that will run after their prey and grapple them in their legs, then paralyze them with a venom that coats the centipede’s front claws. Because centipedes feed on other household pests like spiders, bed bugs, termites, ants, cockroaches, and silverfish, they can be seen as a beneficial addition to the home.

Given that centipedes are insectivores, they are attracted to places where there are many other bugs as well. A home that is infested with spiders, for example, risks having centipedes. They will go where the food is. Centipedes are also attracted to damp, humid areas like the basement or bathroom because they do not retain moisture very well; they must be close to water at all times. The temperature of the home is also attractive to centipedes because they will not survive the winter outdoors. Centipede invasions are common in the fall when temperatures drop, and the insects need a warm place to stay.

If you want to keep centipedes out, start by removing what brings other bugs into the home. Keep surfaces clean, reduce clutter, and store foods in tightly sealed containers. Vacuum regularly and take out the garbage as soon as it is full. Then, check that you do not have any leaky faucets and set up a dehumidifier if the humidity in your home is above average. Seal the cracks in your window frames and doors with caulking and ensure that their screens have no holes in them. Move woodpiles away from the walls of the home and keep the yard tidy.

To get rid of centipedes, contact a local pest remover. Licensed technicians have the training to recognize where the problem is coming from and the tools to respond appropriately. They also have powerful insecticides at their disposal that work better than anything available in stores. If you have been struggling with an infestation of centipedes, you may be living with other insects that removers can take care of at the same time. Call The Exterminators today for safe and effective centipede control throughout the GTA.