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How to Get Rid of Centipedes in House

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Centipedes are long worm like creatures with hundreds of fast moving legs. They are able to survive in the harshest of conditions whether it is extreme temperatures in the dessert or tropical rain forests. More than 3000 species of centipedes have been identified out of 8000 total. Centipedes are not categorized as insects per se, but they are worth mentioning. If a centipede creeps up on you while you’re in the shower or runs across the room while you’re watching TV, you are most like to let out a scream.

Centipedes are among the most common house pests in the US. If the problem is not dealt with the utmost urgency, more can arrive to your home in search of food and warmth. So without further ado let’s take a look at some of the strategies you can implement to get rid of centipedes.

Using insecticides

Insecticides are very effective against most house pests and insects alike. It is wise to have an all purpose insecticide spray at your disposal at all times. Insecticide sprays should be placed at designated location in the house, particularly in the kitchen to quickly get rid of infestations before they have a chance to spread. They should be placed high upon a shelf as these pose a health risks to humans and pets alike. Accidentally inhaling insecticide poisons can lead to respiratory problems and choking.

If you have what it takes, you can always grab the centipede with a piece of cloth or tissue paper and discard it outside and away from your home.

Cleanliness should be your number one priority

Moving out of your parent’s house can be an exciting time for young adults, however this is the time they really get to appreciate mom’s efforts of keeping their previous home clean. Young adults find it a times taking and daunting task to upkeep with the cleanliness of their new home and maintain sanitary conditions. Most Saturdays can be spent cleaning the messes of the week with no time to relax in between. Unhygienic conditions are the number one factor to attract insects such as cockroaches and flies in to your home.

Tidy up your home; take care of the laundry on the floor and wipe the counters with lemon juice dilutes to keep everything clean and fresh. Use high quality surface cleaners and detergents and disposable sponges to clean your kitchen, microwave oven, cabinets, washrooms and sinks. Centipedes look for dark and damp places to hide. If they cannot find any they will be discouraged and leave the premise on their own.

Eating and drinking should be restricted to the designated areas of the house such as the dining and kitchen. Those people that eat and drink while pacing around the house face more problems of insect infestations than those who don’t. Make sure everything is stored in airtight containers especially before going to bed. A lot of insects are nocturnal and the night party is hard to get rid of.

Keeping the house dry

Centipedes prefer moist and humid conditions and that is the reason why they are commonly found in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Ventilation plays an important part in keeping your house dry. Install exhaust fans to get rid of the excess moisture. If your HVAC system has a dehumidifier function, now would be the best time to activate that. Dehumidifying can help give a cool effect to your home and cause less sweating.

Silicone gel bags and naphthalene tablets

Place these in the corners of your pantry cupboards and cabinets. They are also good for bookshelves and drawers. Silicone gel bags found in medicine bottles and new shoes and shoe boxes are meant to keep away moisture. Do not throw these away but place them strategically around the house to keep away pest.

Sealing holes and openings

These cracks, gaps and crevices serve as points of entry to your home. Sealing the holes in walls, doors and windows should keep most potential invaders out where they belong. You can also get rubber grips installed at the bottom of your doors to prevent them from sliding underneath. Seal the passageways with wire mesh or plaster to permanently block any entry points.

Paint your wall and replace worn out wallpapers. You might not know this but behind peeling wallpaper there are potential spots for many insects to build homes, breed and lay their eggs.

Fix leaky pipes

You might feel like a handy-man while doing this or you could hire one from a professional plumbing service agency. Fixing leaky pipes can help you get rid of stagnant ponds outside as well as inside your home. If it is your HVAC refrigeration or ducts that have leaks in them, fixing these can help increase the efficiency of the heating and cooling equipment. Regular maintenance is a good way to deal with the issues as they arise and avoid long term heavy maintenance cost of repairs.

Stagnant water can cause seepage which can lead to additional problems such as weak floors and walls and molds.  

The outdoor area as important as indoors

Areas towards the outside of the house need to be secure and clean as well. This means that trash cans should be sealed and kept away from the exterior wall of the house. The length of the grass should be cut to a reasonable level. Clear the outside of any firewood, stone and debris which might be breeding spots for wood roaches and centipedes.

Take Care of Centipedes with Solutions’ Professional DIY Products

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.

Final word

Applying all or some of these techniques should visibly reduce centipedes making their way inside your home.

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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