The house centipede, notorious for the squeamish reactions of people when they encounter one, is by far one of the creepiest of pests. With its long extension of several body segments and numerous leg count trailing as it crawls along the walls of your home, the house centipede is a true “creepy crawler.” The house centipede can have up to 150 pairs of legs! On average, the house centipede can live up to 7 years. For majority of their life, they spend in the moist darkness and come out during the nocturnal hours to scour for food. Even though poisonous, most house centipede bites are incapable of penetrating the human skin. The ones that can, only give an effect no worse than a bee sting. Not many people know this, but house centipedes do assist with our home pest control. Other pests such as bed bugs, silverfish, termites, spiders, and roaches are primary targets for the house centipede. If this is the case, you would think that house centipedes are desirable to keep indoors. However, as stated before, the house centipede is a true “creepy crawler” and they must be dealt with.>> Read More
There are several ways to get rid of house centipedes. Most centipedes are loners, which makes them a lot easier to get rid of. They prefer roaming around minus the entourage of fellow centipedes. Killing on sight is suggested. Here are some recommendations: You must seal off any potential entries. Use dust insecticides, such as Drione Dust, Delta Dust and Pyganic Dust, when filling in cracks and crevices and crawlspaces. In addition, try to keep all areas of your home dry using dehumidifiers and clearing out damp closet space and basements. Setting up glue traps along your floors and corner spaces will also help in managing your centipede problem. After indoor treatments are applied, it would be wise to apply an outdoor perimeter treatment. Spraying a professional residual liquid insecticide (such as Talstar or Demon WP) along the outer walls of your home including the ground base will further assist in keeping centipedes clear and away from your house.
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However, some knowledge on centipedes is that they will enter the home through any crack or crevice that is available around your home, especially the utility lines like the air conditioning unit, water lines that enter the structure, heating units, etc. Those types of pipes or utility lines are going to be key entry points for centipedes.
You may need to do a check or inspection around your home to seal all entry points.This will be crucial for prevention. Once again, we do apologize that we wont be able to send you anything, but we are available for information.