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a hairy centipedeHow To Control Centipedes

While they certainly look creepy, centipedes are basically harmless insects. Gardeners and insect novices generally freak out when they see these furry little things crawling about in gardens and flowerbeds, not knowing that they are actually a very beneficial mainly because they prey on other insects like roaches and silverfish. If they make their way indoors on the other hand, they can be quite a nuisance to deal with, especially if they have reached large numbers. Centipedes can be difficult to remove from the home through conventional means because they are good hiders during the daytime, finding cover in damp, cool, dark places. If they are out in the open they can move quickly before they can be caught. If you have a case of centipedes around your home, we can show you how to get rid of them with our recommended products and techniques

Centipede Background Information

Centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata) are arthropods that belong to the Chilopeda class. There is believed to be 8,000 species of centipede in the world, with only about 3,000 having been identified. The common house centipede is the only species that can live its entire life and breed inside a building. The species is most likely native to the Mediterranean region, but has traveled its way around the world over the years.

Various species of centipedes are different colors but most are usually brownish, flattened, and elongate animals which have many body segments with each segment possessing a pair of legs. Some centipedes can have as much as 177 pairs of legs. Centipedes are often confused with the very similar millipede with the main difference being that millipedes have two pairs of legs on most segments and bodies which are not flattened. Centipedes are between 1-6 inches, and the House Centipede is 1-1/12 inches.


Centipedes have an odd gyration they do when they crawl which most people find disturbing. Centipedes are predators and like to eat other insects and will bite if handled. Bites from centipedes, depending on the kind, can range from minor to venomous but not lethal. The venomous centipedes use the venom to paralyze their prey. No matter the case, taking one into your hand is not a wise decision.


Centipedes enjoy living in damp environment to keep from drying out. This is why they are often found outdoors under rocks, tree bark, and leaves, and indoors in basements and bathrooms where there is plenty of moisture for them to be comfortable.


Tips for Centipede Control


If centipedes are hanging out around your garden, you should probably leave them be as they do a great job in eating other insects which may damage your garden and eat your plant life. It’s when they venture on indoors that they become a problem. There are a few things you can do to keep centipedes out of your home:


  • Seal cracks and fill holes around your home, pipes and vents to keep centipedes out of your home. Centipedes can crawl through small openings to access your home so make sure to caulk up cracks in the foundation and concrete walls, eliminating spaces around doors and windows, and covering basement floor drains with window screen. This is also a good idea to keep plenty of other bugs out when like to trespass into homes.


  • Reduce humidity and moisture in areas of your home like the basement and bathroom to make it unappealing for centipedes to come to. If you have a water leak or any sort of dampness anywhere, be sure to address it immediately.


  • Reduce the centipedes’ food source. Sticky traps set around your home can let you know what insects are inhabiting your home so you can take the steps to eliminate those pests as well.


Solutions Recommendations for Centipedes


Centipede Traps

As we stated earlier, sticky traps are a great option to catch centipedes that are wandering about in your home. We recommend B&G Lo Line Insect Trap.  these traps are effective in catching a wide variety of insects and possess a bait which will attract hungry centipedes looking for food.Traps should be spaced 10 to 15 feet apart and placed alongside baseboards or other points of entry like on either side of a garage or patio door.


Centipede Sprays

There are a few options to choose from when it comes to liquid sprays. We recommend PT 565 Plus XLO Aerosol InsecticideEcoPCO ACU Contact Aerosol and others. These are broad spectrum sprays so they can kill a variety of household pests. To start, you’ll want to spray your home’s foundation and ground immediately adjacent to the foundation. This will both kill any present and create a barrier to keep them away.


Dusts are also another alternative for those that would rather not use sprays. For that we recommend D-Fense Dust or Delta Dust.


Browse our centipede control products below and as always, feel free to email us or give us a call and one of our knowledgeable representatives to further assist you with your order or with any pest problems you have.

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