Centipedes are pretty easy to spot. They have flattened, elongated and segmented bodies and contrary to their name, can have anywhere from 15 to way over 100 leg pairs. Centipedes prefer to live in damp and dark areas such as under mulch or piles of leaves and under rocks. It’s once the weather starts to become too warm, you may be starting to see them venture inside and invade your sanctuary. These centipedes will find their way into your home through gaps in doorways, damaged window screens or doorstops and even cracks, crevices and plumbing penetrations around the structure of your foundation.
Centipedes thrive in a high humidity atmosphere. Kitchens and bathrooms are especially susceptible areas you may be finding these pests. Sealing and dehumidifying the inside of your home will go a long way to keeping centipedes away.
You can also discourage centipedes from coming indoors by taking a few simple home maintenance steps:
- Move harborage sites where centipedes are normally found, such as compost piles and firewood farther away from your home/foundation.
- Add a band of rocks, gravel or similar material between the foundation of your home and any flower beds.
- If you have mulched flower beds or shrubbery against the home, occasionally turn the mulch to allow it to dry out.
- Check around doors and windows for torn or broken seals.
- Seal around exposed pipe penetrations for any accessible pest entry points.
- Repair leaks or other areas around the structure of the home that will attract pests.
- Vacuum daily to remove small food particles that attract other pests.
- Declutter areas around the home that may harbor insects.
- Treat for pests to reduce a centipedes food sources such as spiders and other insects
If you remove a centipedes food source, you will have a better chance of removing the centipede invasion from your home as well.
Centipedes prefer to feed on most soft bodied insects such as spiders, worms and other insects they might find readily available so be sure to treat in and around your home and yard for the control of their food source. Perimeter sprays around a building’s foundation may help keep centipedes and millipedes from moving indoors. Inside, treat cracks, crevices, baseboards, and other hiding places.
Centipedes in your home can be frustrating and indicate a deeper underlying pest issue in your home. If you think you may have centipede or other pest issues, contact Bio-Tech Pest Control today at 281-296-6022.