The household centipede is an arthropod (family of insects that have jointed bodies) that is said to have originated from the Mediterranean region and just somehow found its way into other parts of the world. They are common in the northern part of the US, in Asia and Europe and have made quite a reputation in multitudes of homes.
Generally, centipedes do not pose any harm or threat to humans. They are equipped with mandibles that could theoretically bite humans, but it is considered not strong enough to do any significant damage.
They do have stings which are the main weapon that they use on their prey. They are insectivores that eat fellow insects so it’s no wonder that some folks would find them favorable and would think that their presence in homes should be a welcome sign.
However, if you think about it, the fact that they are hanging out inside your home indicates that you have bigger problems aside from a house centipede infestation.
The fact that they are inside your home means they are finding their main diet in it and that you have other bug issues to deal with if you want to get rid of house centipedes.
The good news is that house pests can actually be driven away from your home systematically.
No, it will not purely involve spraying insecticides and pesticides (which are actually quite ineffective if you want a long-term solution) but will involve a step-by-step process that will attack the different aspects of why and how they find your home a suitable habitat for their survival.
Things like what kind of sustenance they find in your home and how you can change the conditions in your home such that they will find it difficult to access those food sources.
When you have dealt with their food sources, the next thing you need to do is stop more bugs from getting into your home. That will mean examining your house’s entire exterior and plugging holes and gaps that outdoor bugs can use to gain entry into your home.
Then you will need to eradicate the ones that are inside your house which means applying a chemical but will not focus on bug sprays.
Getting rid of house centipedes is a multi-faceted process that deals with the different factors of why they are inside your house in the first place. The tips mentioned beforehand should point you in the right direction.
Having insects and pests, especially centipede inside your house is something that we all have to deal with sooner or later.
Us, as homeowners, have this primordial fear of anything that crawls on the walls or on the ground.
Let’s face it, they aren’t exactly creatures that are utterly friendly and pleasant. With them around the house, frightful encounters are sure to happen on a regular basis, which is why we need pest control.