Fight Centipedes At Home
With all of those legs, could there be anything worse than spotting a centipede in your home? They redefine the idea of creepy and crawly, and ensuring they stay out of your home and off your property is an absolute must. These tips can help.
Know What You’re Fighting
If you’re going to keep centipedes out of your home, you may as well know a bit more about what you’re dealing with. The name centipede actually means 100 legs, but that’s not always the case. They can have 15 pairs of legs or 177 or somewhere in between. Centipedes are pretty long, as most range in size from somewhere between four and 152 millimeters. They are usually a brown or orange color, and they have long antennae. They can actually bite, but most of that is used to feed on worms, spiders, and other small creatures. If you don’t handle them, they won’t typically bite.
If you really want to keep these creatures out of your home, your single best bet is keeping the other pests at bay. As with any other pest, if you control access to the food source, you’ll control the problem itself. Centipedes prey on other small creatures. Eliminating that problem means eliminating the chance of a centipede infestation. For example, if you have a cockroach infestation in your kitchen, a centipede infestation could soon follow.
Think From the Outside In
One other important way to keep centipedes out is to make certain you eliminate the ways they can get in. You should start by reducing moisture, as they need moisture to survive. The wetter it is around your house, the more likely they are to want to come in. If you notice foundation wetness, do what you can to get rid of it. Additionally, you should seal any entry routes. If you’ve experienced damage to your home from a leak or other problems, repair it immediately. Make certain your doors, windows, and pipe openings are well sealed too.
If you have centipede problems in your home or on your lawn, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.