The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rid of Centipedes in Your House
June 30, 2023 - Centipedes
Author - Tom Miche
It's like something out of a movie. You're enjoying a quiet and relaxing evening at home when suddenly, you spot what appears to be a centipede shimmying across your floor in haste as if it's late for a meeting. As the fear sets in, you can’t help but wonder how many more of these critters are lurking somewhere in the shadows. If you’re dealing with a centipede invasion in your home, don’t panic.
With Miche Pest Control on your team, these creatures don't stand a chance. We deliver the most innovative solutions to get rid of different kinds of centipedes in your home before they settle in too comfortably. Read further to learn more about these bizarre-looking arthropods and why you'll want to partner with pest control professionals to wipe them out.
The Life Cycle Of Common Centipedes
Centipedes go through a process called metamorphosis, which means they undergo distinct stages of development. The life cycle of a centipede can vary depending on the species, but typically they go through three stages; egg, nymph, and adult.
During the egg stage, the female centipede will lay her eggs in soil or other protected areas. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs will emerge and begin to grow. These young centipedes look similar to adults but are smaller and have fewer pairs of legs. As they continue to grow, the nymphs will molt multiple times, shedding their exoskeletons before maturing into adulthood.
Adult centipedes can live for up to six years and will continue to mate and lay eggs during their lifespan. But if you don't want these or any other centipede type bugs invading your personal living spaces, reach out to your local pest control company to make an appointment for an in-home evaluation.
How And Why Centipedes Come Inside
Let’s face it, centipedes in your home will never be welcome guests, and for good reason. With their numerous legs and quick movements, they can be quite unsettling and cause fear and anxiety in some people. These peculiar creatures are attracted to moisture and will often seek out damp areas, such as basements, bathrooms, and crawl spaces. They can also enter your home via tiny gaps, crevices, and cracks in windows, walls, or your structure's foundation. As nocturnal critters, you'd be hard-pressed to encounter one during the day, but those odds go up exponentially at night when they emerge to hunt for food.
And while centipedes are not harmful to humans, their presence can indicate a larger pest issue. Their presence could also point to an underlying excess moisture issue and potential breaches unknown to you. Therefore, it's important to contact Miche Pest Control so we can eliminate your centipede issue at its source.
Simple Tips To Prevent Centipedes From Coming Back
Now that you have a better understanding of why centipedes enter your home let’s go over some easy tips to prevent them from coming back:
Reduce moisture levels by fixing leaks, using a dehumidifier, and improving ventilation.
Fill in cracks and gaps in your foundation, walls, and windows to block entry points.
Keep your living spaces clean and clutter-free to eliminate potential hiding spots.
Install weather stripping to doors and windows to prevent pests from entering.
Try natural repellents, such as cedar chips or peppermint oil.
And because of their love of organic material, don't forget to check for centipedes in plants around your house.
How To Get Rid Of A Centipede Issue In Your Home
If you've encountered centipedes in your home, don't hassle with home remedies. Save your time and energy by contacting Miche Pest Control instead. We're well-equipped to handle all types of centipedes in the area to restore the calm and tranquility you expect from your comfortable living spaces. Get in touch with us today so we can begin working on your complimentary estimate.
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