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How to Get Rid of House Centipedes


Try not to be creeped while reading this, but the number of centipede species exceeds the number of an average centipedes legs. There are around 2,000 species of centipede in the world. Most of them tend to live outdoor. However, among thousands of species, one is infamous for living indoors.:

House centipedes are capable of spending their whole life cycle inside a building. Scientific name of house centipede is Scutigera coleoptrata and is believed to have its origination from Mediterranean region.

Appearance of House Centipedes

Since house centipedes don’t leave any definite signs of infestation therefore it is necessary to know about their appearance in order to get rid of them.

Indoor or house centipedes have elongated trunks that are stretched up to 1-1.5 inches. The trunk is divided into 15 segments and each one of them has a pair of legs which means an adult house centipede has 30 legs. The legs are thin, long and contain alternate black and white stripes. Female house centipedes are distinguished from males with their long last pair of legs. House centipedes have large developed eyes and found in the color range of brown and yellow.

Methods to Get Rid of House Centipedes

There are several ways in which you can get rid of house centipedes on your own. Since they don’t infest the house like other insects therefore you don’t need professional pest services to get rid of them. Here, we will discuss some proficient ways to get rid of house centipedes that don’t involve heavy expenses.

  • Kill them when found

As mentioned earlier, reproduction of house centipedes is not carried out in exponential manner. Therefore one can get rid of them by killing them on sight. Smacking them with a hard object such as fly killer racket or just simple tramping on them would be enough. But you have to be quick because they are really fast and can cover up to 16 times more distance than their size in a second, thanks to their gazillion legs.  

A simpler way to kill them when found is to spray them with a good quality bug controller. Once the centipede becomes inactive, just throw them in the trash bin. You can easily get one of these products from a quality insecticide store.

  • Use sticky traps

Usually sticky traps are used to detect the presence of different pests. But in case of house centipedes, they can even use to get rid of this crawling pest. Different type of sticky traps can be purchased from a good pest control store. Normally sticky traps are just glue-based. However, some are available with a coating of pesticides with odors that lure pests towards the trap. Crawling insects get easily caught in sticky traps. Though, large-sized centipedes can get out of these traps due to their stronger lower body.

You can put the traps on the places that are more susceptible to house centipedes. They tend to live in damp places therefore put them in the corners of the bathrooms, kitchen along the flooring. Sticky traps will also help you in finding about other infestations in your house.

Strong synthetic insecticides

It is rare but if you are facing heavy infestation of house centipedes then it is better to go with strong insecticide products. Following are some of the chemical-based insecticides you can get from a professional pest control business to get rid of house centipedes.   

  • Cyhalothrin-based insecticide

Cyhalothrin belongs to the family of pyrethroid. Pyrethroids are synthetic pesticides emulating the same characteristics of the naturally found insecticide pyrethrum. Cyhalothrin-based products are effective because they remain potent for longer periods after the spray. It works by damaging the nervous system of house centipedes, which paralysis them, eventually leading to death. Spray the insecticide along the cracks, entry points, baseboards and crevice of your house.  

  • Cypermethrin-based insecticides

These are another toxic pyrethroid that can be used to get rid of house centipedes. It works in the similar fashion as Cyhalothrin and damages nerve tissues of insects.

  • Propoxur-based Insecticides

Propoxur-based aerosols are good to treat narrow cracks and crevices around your house to get rid of house centipedes. Propoxur is derived from carbamic acid. It restricts the formation of acetylcholine in centipede’s body resulting in the disruption of many of its bodily functions.

  • Deltamethrin dust

Deltamethrin dust is also an effective synthetic insecticide product used to curb the problem of house centipedes. The dust is effective because it doesn’t absorb moisture and hence not get diluted. If centipedes come in direct contact with the dust,they will immediately get paralyzed.

Remember that all these insecticide products can extremely be hazardous for humans and pets in the house. When you are treating your house with these products, great care should be taken. Prevent children and pets to stroll in the treated areas for few days.  


It is always better to prevent the development of house centipede problem in your home:

  • Minor cracks and other small openings in the walls and floors become the entry points for house centipedes and other insects. Sealing them through caulking can easily be done without any professional help

  • Weather-stripping of outside façade of your house will also be a good measure to prevent the entry of house centipede

Damp conditions do not only favor the growth of house centipedes but they are also necessary for their survival. Try to Keep your house dry as much as possible. Put silica get packets on the areas that are most damp. A clean and dry house is less vulnerable to house centipede infestation.  

Eliminate Centipedes with 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 Insecticide, EcoPCO 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.


We hope this guide helps you to eliminate your house centipede problem. If it doesn’t, we can always give you more help. 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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