Centipedes and millipedes, both long-bodied insects with a large number of legs, are commonly found in the home. Although these insects may be unsettling when come upon suddenly, they're actually helpful in devouring other insects like ticks, spiders and larvae. If you still don't want them in your house, there are ways to get rid of them so that your house will have a much smaller supply of both millipedes and centipedes.
Things You'll Need
- Wall patch agent/caulk
- Handheld vacuum cleaner
- Insect spray
Make your home unfriendly toward millipedes and centipedes. These insects need food (they love vegetable matter), water and damp places. So cleaning up any stray food crumbs and wiping down the area, vacuuming regularly and using a dehumidifier to make your house's environment dry will go a long way toward discouraging millipedes and centipedes from inhabiting your place.
Look for any gaps in the walls or baseboards, particularly in dark, damp places like cupboards and closets. Seal up the gaps with caulk or another gap-filling agent and paint over it once it's clean. Leaving bug chemicals inside the gap before you seal it up will discourage any centipedes or millipedes from trying to pick away at the seal.
Spray down millipedes and centipedes with insect spray when you see them, and be sure that you vacuum up the bodies so that you don't leave the corpses around for other insects to eat. Alternatively you can use a handheld vacuum cleaner to suck up the millipedes and centipedes and then deposit them outside in your garden or lawn where they can get back to the business of eating other bugs.
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