How to Get Rid of Centipedes

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Centipedes often seem like they come right out of a horror movie: with their poisonous bite and multiple legs, they are not the most glamorous insect to have in your home. With more than 2,000 subspecies of centipedes, these are commonly found in your yard and seldom venture into your home. While they don’t usually attack humans and can even draw away some insects like ants, one would probably prefer not to have them at all. So how do you get rid of centipedes in your house? This article lists a few methods to do it quickly and inexpensively.

Killing Them

Since centipedes don’t often come to your house in very large numbers (otherwise it would be an absolute nightmare), it is okay to try and kill the creatures on sight. Use a fly swatter to do so, and quickly smash the invader. If you don’t want to commit murder, you can also capture the insect and release it later in your yard, preferably far away from your home. You can also use some all-insect killing spray to get rid of the centipedes. If you don’t have any of these materials on you and are feeling courageous, you can always try to smash the centipedes with your feet.

Create a Barrier

One way to keep centipedes away from good is to create a barrier so that they do not enter your home in the first place. You can use insecticide containing cyhalothrin and apply it around you home. The centipedes should die at your door or not even go through the barrier. Removing natural objects near your home (such as logs, firewood, plants, compost etc.) is a great way to ensure you are not opening your doors to centipedes. Additionally, ensure that your house is not humid, as a dry environment is usually repulsive to insects. Close your faucets and sinks or tubs if you can.Another great deterrent for centipedes is cayenne pepper. Indeed, such spice is known to keep the insects away.

Kill Other Pests

If your are not only dealing with centipedes but other pest issues, chances are centipedes are only attracted to the large quantity of ants or other bugs in your house. Make sure to get rid of your other pests.

Look for Professional Help

Usually centipedes are not a serious pest issue, but even the occasional insect crawling on your floor may bother you. If your centipede problem is starting to be chronic or does not get better after a few days of DIY treatments and/or retail insecticides, it is time to consult a pest control specialist in Springfield, MO. Only a professional will be able to find exactly where the centipedes come from and the best course of treatment to get rid of them and prevent more from coming to your house. Make sure to mention to the professional any children or pets in your home, as they could be extra sensitive to the chemical treatments used.


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