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How to Get Rid of Centipedes

"If You Enjoy Frightening Others, You Will Be Reborn As a Centipede."

The Life of Shabkar

This 19th century quote pretty much sums up how we feel about centipedes. If you think about it, who would like to be born as a centipede? Wouldn’t it be better to be born as a bird . . . free and roaming the world? Though centipedes are not considered insects, these creepy crawlies sure know how to scare us because you never know where they might come out from. You might be taking a nice hot shower, when you see them crawling towards your feet from the drain conduit. Here’s a little lesson on centipedes:

About Centipedes

The name centipede comes from the number one hundred. Ironically, no centipede has a hundred legs. In fact, most of the centipedes have odd number of legs starting from 30 to 354. There are around 8,000 species of centipedes, out of which, so far, only 3,000 have been identified. A centipede can live in any kind of environment form deserts to tropical rainforests. It can even survive its entire life in a building. Their size ranges from 4 millimeter to 152 millimeter, whereas the largest ones are around 12 inches. The ones found in home usually prefer damp places, are 1 ½ inches long and have 15 legs. They are mostly found outdoors under rocks, around trees and indoors in the basement, under the kitchen sink and the bathroom.

Natural Remedies to Get Rid Of Centipedes

  • Tear Down Ivy

One of the top hiding spots of centipedes is ivy growing on your house’s walls. Through this ivy, centipedes enter your house using entry points such as windows. So, the first step should be to tear down the ivy trail. Gently remove the roots, as they can destroy the appearance of your house. Check the exterior regularly to make sure that there’s no ivy growing near the entry points.

  • Boric Acid

Borax is considered a natural pesticide that is used to kill all types of insects. It does not have any toxic effects on human beings, which makes it a great insect poison. You can either use crystals or powder and place it in areas where centipedes are frequently seen.  The former is a better option in open areas, as the powder form might get blown away.

Essential Oils

  • Peppermint and Spearmint

Both these essential oils have a sharp smell that irritates insects. In the case of centipedes, it’s a natural killer. Dab a cloth in any one of the essential oils and keep it in the area where you usually see the centipedes crawling. If there are any cracks in the walls, then stuff the rag in it to block off the entrance.

  • Cedar Oil

Cedar oil is used to kill a variety of insects. You can either dilute this in water and spray it directly on the centipede or use the rag method mentioned above.


Since centipedes love humidity, a great way to get rid of them is to use dehumidifier. You can use essentials oils with the dehumidifier and suck the moisture out of the air. This will make the centipedes less inclined to enter your house, as the environment will not be suitable for them.

Sticky Traps

Sticky traps are a great way to capture centipedes. These traps are small and can be hidden out of sight. Place them strategically around the areas where you have seen the centipedes crawling. The centipedes will try to cross the trap and will get stuck on the trap. This is an easy method to get rid of centipedes, as it removes the problem of catching them yourselves. At Solutions Pest & Lawn, one of the best traps to capture centipedes is the B&G Lo Line Insect Trap. Lay a few of these out and those slow moving centipedes will be caught up in no time then you can easily dispose of them.

Dry Out the Flower Beds

Turn over the mulch on your flower bed regularly, so that the lower layer soil dries out. This way, you can see if there are any worms present in the soil. You can then take the necessary steps for killing these worms. This will also kill the centipedes’ food supply and they will hunt for food somewhere else.

How to Prevent Centipede Infestation

The supple body of a centipede makes it easy for the creepy crawly to settle in hard-to-reach places. Its hiding spot can be anywhere from small cracks or holes in walls to crevices in the kitchen and laundry room. You can often find it crawling near damp laundry baskets or on you windowsill. This is why it is necessary to fill any cracks that you might find in your home. As long as the entry points are closed, you won’t find them in your house.

Since centipedes eat other insects, having them in your house is not much of a trouble. You have a natural insect killer that eats bed bugs, flies, cockroaches and spiders. However, they can be a nuisance when they come out of nowhere and when you least expect. By getting rid of the typical household insects, you can diminish their food supply and they will come out hunting for more. This is your chance to use any of the above methods to try and capture or kill them. Most people step on them at first sight and vacuum them up.

To prevent centipedes from entering your house in the first place; you need to make sure that all cracks are sealed up. As for indoor excesses such as kitchen and bathroom, install a thin mesh over the drain conduit, to stop them from entering.

Use Professional DIY Products To Get Rid of Centipedes

Solutions Pest & Lawn has a wide selection of effective control products which can eliminate centipedes from your yard and garden. For centipedes that have made their way into your home, we recommend PT 565 Plus XLO Aerosol InsecticideEcoPCO ACU Contact Aerosol or Pyrid Aerosol among 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

Dusting is also a great option to get rid of centipedes as it can get to hard to reach areas which liquid insecticide sprays cannot.  Apply professional insecticidal dust products we recommend D-Fense Dust or Delta Dust. Apply the dust, preferably using a duster, in cracks and crevices around your home and perimeter.


Centipedes can be a creepy unwanted guest to have slowly trekking around your home, but they won’t be around much longer if you apply the products and helpful tips we have provided above. 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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