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How to Get Rid of House Centipedes 

Insect, Centipede, Animal, Santa Cruz, California, Bug

House centipedes are commonly found in regions which receive a lot of rain throughout the year. They are common in the United States especially in the coastal areas. Centipedes differ from millipedes because they are carnivores and feed on other insects whereas the latter are herbivores and feed on plants and wood. Centipedes mostly tend to mind their own business and don’t bite unless they are bothered. However, that does not imply that a centipede cannot bite. 

Its bite can be extremely painful and venomous. It uses it as a defense mechanism against its enemies. Centipedes use their venom to bite and immobilize their hunt.

House centipedes are orange and blue in color with slim bodies and fast-moving legs. A centipede has grey stripes running down its spine and legs. They normally breed outside in moist areas such as near puddles, swamps, under rocks and tree barks. They need moist conditions to stop from drying up and survive. They invade houses in search of food, other insects or seek shelter from the rain. Once inside, they hide in search for similar damp conditions for example kitchen and toilet drains as well as basements, cellars, closets, bathrooms and attics.

Centipedes generally aren’t harmful but the worst thing to have is a centipede crawl up your leg when you’re taking a shower. However they are a threat to other insects such as ants and spiders. Centipedes can stand up on their hind legs when it takes an aggressive stance.

Here are 8 easy ways to rid your house of centipedes

  1. Man up and act quickly

We have all heard the expression “Faint heart never won fair lady”. Centipedes are tiny, fast moving creatures. Scenario: You are having a nice evening with your significant other and see a centipede sprint across the floor. It startles her with her feet up on the couch. Time to man up! Grab a tissue and catch it quickly before it gets away. Once caught, take it outside the house. Or you could just kill it by stomping on it. It might leave a bloody stain on the floor but it’ll get the job done. Centipedes are lone creatures and travel alone. So by killing one, odds are that’s the end of your problems. If you still happen to see more, you might have to employ other measures.

  1. Don’t want to kill it?

Grab a jar and lure the centipede into it. Once caught, close the jar and take it outside where it is safe to release it into the wild. Caution: Be careful with glass jars. Centipedes are fast and can crawl up your arm, which might end up a scary experience for most people. Do not drop the jar causing it to break.

  1. Its searching for food

Centipedes usually invade people’s homes in search of food. If your house has a lot of ants, spiders and other insects, it attracts centipedes towards a feast. First rid your house of all the other insects and the centipede will automatically leave the premise and go elsewhere.

  1. Keep everything dry

Centipedes need moisture to stay alive and also to lay eggs. If you keep everything as dry as possible, you will not have a problem. Don’t place wet cups and saucers in closets after washing them. Use clean, dry paper towels to keep the crockery dry. Keep the pantry clean and dry as well. Your bathrooms are especially susceptible due to the moist surroundings – be alert!

  1. Block and seal entry points to the house

Centipedes enter the house through the crevices and holes in the walls and doors. Use a sealant to block these holes and entry points to avoid more centipedes from getting through. This also includes closing open gutters and installing house stripping as a prevention measure. Centipedes often enter the house through the basement, unexcavated spaces under the floor boards and drain pipes.

  1. Nocturnal hunters

Centipedes are nocturnal hunters and try to avoid being seen. The stealthy critters hide under piles of laundry or under furniture such as tables and sofas. Clean up the mess and clean up your problems too.

  1. Spraying insecticides

You may also make use insecticides, aerosols or leave residual powder insecticides around the house to get rid of them. Once swallowed, centipedes suffocate and automatically try to get out in the open for more, where it meets its demise.  

  1. Setting traps

Set sticky traps all over the house to get rid of centipedes and other small insects. Setting traps might be effective against small insects however the larger ones might still get away by leaving a few limbs behind. Set traps in the bathrooms, the kitchen, the basement and the attic. Focus on the areas which seem to have more activity. Concentrate on the source to stop the problem once and for all. There are numerous traps available online and your local stores. Dual-sided tape is available in most homes and can be used for this purpose but it might not be equally effective as specially designed traps.

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 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.


These DIY techniques are useful to a certain extent. If the problem recurs, even after the rainy season has ended, it might be bigger than you thought. Hiring a professional exterminator can be expensive but sometimes necessary. . 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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