Centipedes can be helpful because they eat insects such as termites, but this does not make them a desirable house guest. Centipedes should be left alone unless they are present in overwhelming numbers. In this case, a few simple cleaning procedures can stop centipedes from becoming a nuisance in the garden or in your home.
Things You'll Need
- Sticky traps
- Insecticide (optional)
Clean your home thoroughly. Remove any open food and garbage which could be a food source for insects, as well as any traps or spiderwebs which may hold bug remains.
Clean any area which is damp, since centipedes are attracted to moisture. Run a dehumidifier regularly to prevent further dampness.
Seal up any cracks in the foundation of your home to prevent further infestation. Repair any doors, windows or vents that leave space for insects to crawl through.
Lay out sticky traps to stop centipedes that are already indoors. If you do not wish to kill them, catch the centipedes in a jar and release them outside instead.
Remove any decaying plant matter such as leaf piles, especially any sitting in moist areas.
Dig through moist soil where you've noticed centipedes crawling. When you find the centipedes, place them in a jar and relocate them to a nearby park or wooded area.
Adjust any sloping areas of your yard so moisture runs away from your home. This will prevent the formation of wet patches which attract centipedes.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid killing or removing centipedes from outdoor areas unless an extremely high number of the insects are present.
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