What To Do If You See A Centipede In Your Home

What To Do If You See A Centipede In Your Home

Though all house centipedes technically have poison glands that inject venom to help them kill their prey, they pose very little threat to humans. In the very unlikely event that one bites you, you may experience a very short burst of temporary pain.

How To Get Rid Of Them:


Drying out any moist areas of your home, closing off all points of entry, then leaving several ‘sticky traps’ in your trouble areas.

Removal of centipedes habitats including trash, rocks, boards, compost piles, and other hiding places around the structure would help reduce the population. The House Centipede will prefer to live in damp areas like basements, bathrooms, behind baseboards, or attics. House centipedes can be controlled indoors by eliminating their harbor areas where possible and using a vacuum to remove exposed centipedes.

Kill centipedes or capture them on sight—if you can. Their rigid bodies and freakishly long, numerous legs make them very fast. But centipedes don’t usually invade homes in enormous numbers, so if you don’t see them often and you eliminate the one you’re looking at, you may have just taken care of your centipede problem. If you don’t want to kill the centipede, but you want it out of your space, you can capture it in a jar and take it outside. Otherwise, spraying it with an aerosol insecticide that claims to kill centipedes—or simply squishing it—will do the trick.

Get rid of all other small pest in your home.  The centipedes will have nothing to eat, and will hopefully die or move in with the neighbors A centipede without food is as good as a dead or soon-to-be-vacating centipede.

Cayenne Pepper: For a natural way to discourage centipedes from vacationing in your home, try laying down a thin layer of cayenne pepper at entrance points, both outside and inside your home. Dogs and cats should stay away from it, although they won’t be seriously hurt if they happen to get a little curious.

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