Though centipedes are not really threatening, they can be quite creepy to even look at, especially when you are squeamish enough. Of course, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Getting rid of centipedes is not that difficult so you can do it all by yourself safely. However, you also need to prevent them from coming back around.
In this article, we share with you a quick tutorial on How to Get Rid of Centipedes that you can follow easily.
How to Get Rid of Centipedes
Place a sticky trap
The first easy step that you can consider is to place some sticky traps (like the ones used to trap other insects) around the areas where you find the centipede infestation. You can find sticky traps on Amazon or at the local hardware store.
Once some centipedes are trapped, you can relocate and release them outdoor, far from your house. Besides catching the centipedes, you can also capture other bugs so no food source is available anymore for them.
Spray safe repellents
Using chemical-based repellents can be quite tricky since it may be dangerous to you, kids, and pets. Even if it’s not that dangerous, some of you may have particular allergic reactions to certain chemicals.
If you think that it’s safe enough to use insecticides inside your house, then you can go with this step. You have to make sure that the repellent is labeled as ‘non-toxic’ since it, at least, can be safer than other products. You can find the repellents which are specifically manufactured to eradicate centipedes for around $15.
Catch and release them
This step is only for you who are willing enough to catch them with your own hands which can be quite creepy enough to most of you. Centipedes also can run so fast which makes it hard to capture them directly. Moreover, they also bite when they feel threatened, so you have to be really careful.
If you somehow can capture them, try your best not to kill them directly. You can put the centipedes inside a jar that is covered by a piece of paper and then release them outside.
How to Prevent Centipedes from Coming
Once you have eliminated the infestation of centipedes inside your house, you have to make sure that they won’t come back. Here’s what you can do:
- Start from the outside – Clear the outdoor debris like grass clippings, leaf litter, and damp yard materials since centipedes love to hide and breed there. Store your compost or firewood at least 30 feet away from your house to prevent the centipedes from going inside.
- Keep the indoors clean – Seal the gaps and crevices around the doors, windows, and sidings by using an expanding foam spray. It will reduce the entryway for the centipedes to get through your house. You might also want to consider investing in dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture around your house so the centipede will find it unappealing to live there.