A few easy tips for how to get rid of centipedes in your home
May 31st, 2016 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services
You need to know why centipedes are in your home if you want to know how to get rid them
You may see a centipede from time to time in your home. They don’t usually come in large numbers. If you kill the ones you see there isn’t a huge chance that they will breed hundreds of offspring like many other household pests. At the same time, it’s not something we want to see in our homes to begin with. Centipedes are in your house for one reason, and that is that there is food for them. Centipedes eat other pests, mainly insects and spiders. This may sound like a good thing, but if you are seeing centipedes, you may have other pest issues. The first step to get rid of centipedes is to Keep them out of your home in the first place.
How to get rid of centipedes through exclusion
Centipedes come from outside, so if you can keep entry points closed, you can keep them out of your home. Having a crack and crevice treatment done on your home by a pest control service can be an effective strategy for how to get rid of centipedes. There are several entry points you might miss on your own, so getting a professional is often your best option. For more info on exclusion and common entry points of pests in your home check out this article.
Centipedes like moist areas in your home. Seal up leaks under sinks, and get a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture around your home. In addition to that, if you don’t already have exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to remove excess moisture, installing them can be another way to make your home less hospitable to certain pests like centipedes.
Centipedes tend to lay their eggs in damp places as well so the more you can remove moisture and keep them from getting in your home in the first place, the less you will have to deal with them. Again, you can eliminate a majority of centipedes if you don’t have a food source for them, so if you are seeing centipedes, be sure to get a pest control service involved to help clear your home of other pests the centipedes are feeding on. If you are in the greater Minnesota Metro area and would like to set up a program to keep your home pest free be sure to reach out to Rove Pest Control to set up a general pest control service for your home.
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