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How To Get Rid of Centipede

Centipedes are hideous little pests that enter your home. You may never find out that your home is crawling with centipedes until you spot one. You may come across a centipede on the wall, crawling from under a box, or trapped in your bathtub or sink. They are unsightly pests that you need to get rid of before their population can quickly grow, leading to a full-blown infestation. 

About Centipedes

Centipedes belong to the Chilopoda family. Centipedes have more than hundred pairs of legs, but some can even have only fifteen pairs of legs. They have elongated, flat, and segmented bodies with each segment having a pair of legs.

The most common colors and patterns you will come on a centipede are reddish orange and brown. They also vary in size, ranging anywhere between four to 152 centimeters, depending on the type of species it is. On top of their heads, there is a long antenna. Their mouths are small and they have big claw-like features, containing venom.

They paralyze spiders, small vertebrates, and worms at night, which is the time they usually come out looking for food. Even though they like to live in dark, isolated, and moist areas, they can enter homes, hiding in damp areas such as in closets, bathrooms, and basements.

If you have centipedes living in your home, you likely have other pests in your home, which the centipedes are feeding on. In short, to control and eliminate centipedes from your home, you need to eliminate their food source as well.

4 Methods to Get Rid of Centipedes

Since a centipede infestation is rare, you will not likely find hoards of them in your house, as they are independent creatures, traveling alone. However, you should still worry about seeing a centipede in your home because that is a clear sign that they are in your home because they have uncovered other pests they feed on. Here are a few methods to get rid of centipedes:

  1. Capture Them Using a Jar

These pesky insects move fast, making it extremely difficult for anyone to catch them. Catching them is not impossible though, but requires a little effort on your end. You can capture the centipedes you spot in a jar and release them outside. Do not touch or handle the centipede with your bare hands because they do bite, leaving behind a red and itchy bump, similar to a bee sting.

  1. Use Sticky Traps to Trap Them

You can trap centipedes in sticky traps. You can place the sticky traps in the corner of each room in your house or in rooms where you saw centipede activity last. The sticky papers will not only help you catch these creepy and crawly creatures, but others bugs as well. You can buy the B&L LO Line Insect Trap to trap centipedes. The trap is easy to use and attracts centipedes and other insects such as bedbugs, roaches, spiders, earwigs, and silverfish.

  1. Use Chemical Solutions

There are several different chemical solutions available here at Solutions Pest & Lawn that you can use to keep the centipede population in your house in check. You can use the PT 565 XLO Aerosol Insecticide to spray in hard to reach places like cracks and crevices. You can also use D-Fense Dust or Delta Dust to apply into crevices and cracks.  Ecopco ACU Contact Aerosol is an organic and environment-friendly spray to kill centipedes. As soon as you use the spray on the target, it will start working to kill it.

  1. Use a Vacuum

Sounds strange, but it is an effective method. Since centipedes are quick on their feet, you may not be able to squish them with your feet in time. By using a hand or floor vacuum, you can quickly vacuum them up and dispose them off. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to remove them from your home.

Preventing a Centipede Infestation

Once you think you have eliminated all the centipedes from your home using one of the methods to kill them, you can work on reducing the centipede population in your home by eliminating their food source from your home.

To make your home centipede-free, you need to discard all grass clippings, piles of leaves, and other damp material in your yard or lawn. You want to keep all of these materials far away from your home. If you have firewood or compost outside in your yard, you need to keep everything at least thirty feet away from your home.

You can use one of the chemical solutions mentioned here to treat cracks, crevices, gaps, and any place they are more likely to hide in the house. You can seal up the gaps and cracks as well. You should buy a dehumidifier and exhaust homes, installing them in the bathrooms, attic, closets, and basements.

Since those areas tend to remain damp and centipedes like damp places, they will die out when the area does not receive sufficient moisture for them to survive. Also, check for water leaks, as it may be responsible for the centipede infestation. Lastly, if you can find out what bugs they are feeding on in your home, you can free yourself of centipedes for good. No food source means no centipedes!


If you have a centipede problem in your home, use these methods and take prevention measures to get rid of them. For more helpful DIY pest control, you can speak live to one of your DIY experts over the phone at 800-479-6583, chat with us online or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


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