Centipedes. They might be fun to watch when you’re outside enjoying nature, but seeing one scurry from behind the couch out of the corner of your eye can make you jump back just a bit. In all fairness, most centipedes are beneficial pests. They feed on spiders, roaches, silverfish and other soft bodied insects that may be hiding in your home. But is that what you want crawling along your floors and ceilings as your form of pest control? The past few weeks, with all the excess rain, many normally outdoor pests are seeking higher and drier areas for shelter. Centipedes are coming into homes as they will follow the food source. If you’ve seen centipedes in your home, there are steps you can take to get rid of them. Centipedes are really coming in for 2 reasons:
- Humid environment
- Food source
Centipedes thrive in a humid environment. Moisture in the home can be a conducive condition that is keeping these creepy crawlers feeling right at home. A dehumidifier may be needed to keep the humidity levels in your house in check. Reducing the humidity keeps not only centipedes but other pests from your home. Pay close attention to bathrooms and other areas where plumbing issues may be present. If you have a full house that really enjoys steamy showers, many insects will find these areas more hospitable and thrive in these areas in particular.
Check around the home for gaps or worn weather-stripping that may be allowing pests to enter your home. Remove conducive areas from the perimeter of the home such as trash cans, compost or wood piles and other insect harborage areas.
You may need to go the extra step and call a pest professional. Treat all entry points. You want to make sure to use more than just a spray. Dust and/or baits may be needed for different pests to treat where they hide and breed. These extra steps will help with removing the food source centipedes are coming in for.
My rule has always been “if it has more than four legs, it shouldn’t be in my home”. If you’ve tried all other steps to rid your house of pests, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control if you have questions or concerns about mosquitoes or other yard insects at 281-296-6022.