How Do I Repel Centipedes?

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Centipedes are not only unsightly but having them in your house can pose a danger to you and your family. Centipedes have pincer-like maxillipeds near their head that they can use to bite and expel a toxic substance. Although usually harmless, a centipede's bite is painful and can be dangerous to children with insect allergies. However, with the proper home maintenance, you can keep centipedes out of your house.

  • Tend to places in your house that are inviting to centipedes. Centipedes like to live in cool, moist places. If you see centipedes in your basement or bathroom, buy a dehumidifier to deter them from coming there.

  • Clean up areas around the outside of your house that centipedes would like. Remove any piles of leaves or wood from near your house -- centipedes are attracted to these things.

  • Spread diatomaceous earth around the outside of your house; as centipedes approach, it will puncture their exoskeleton and kill them. It is completely safe to use around pets and children. Diatomaceous earth can be purchased at most garden and do-it-yourself stores.

  • Seal places in your houses where centipedes can get in. Check garage doors, crawlspace vents, basement windows and doors to make sure centipedes are not getting in through cracks.

  • Call an exterminator if your problem persists. The exterminator will know how to rid the house of centipedes but it may be costly.

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