How to Get Rid of House Centipedes Fast Using Home Remedies

House centipedes are one of those insects that gives the creeps with their elongated bodies and many pairs of legs. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of house centipedes using natural home remedies.

How to get rid of centipedes

1. Get Rid of Moisture Problems at Home

Centipedes thrive in damp environments so the first step to getting rid of these pests is by eliminating all moisture problems around the house. Repair water leaks from kitchen or bathroom pipes, and turn on the dehumidifier, especially in rooms that don’t have great air circulation.

2. Get Rid of the House Clutter

Centipedes like to crawl around in places where there are plenty of hiding spaces. Examine your whole house and start discarding or donating any clutter that you no longer need. This could include stacks of old newspaper and books, old toiletries, and any appliances you no longer use. The centipedes won’t want to stick around if the house surface is too open with little protection.

Keep in mind that house clutter may also attract household pests like roaches and silverfish bugs, both of which happen to be a prey of house centipedes.

3. Eliminate with Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

This naturally-occurring powder may help eliminate the house centipedes. It will kill the insects by drying them out through the absorption of oils and fats from the insect’s exoskeleton. We suggest sprinkling a fine layer of food-grade diatomaceous earth on areas where the centipedes are likely to frequent. This method will only work if the insects crawl over the powder. Make sure to also not use this damp areas.

4. Get Rid of their Food Source

Centipedes are primarily carnivores so they seek other insects for food. If you have centipedes in the house then it’s likely that there are some other household pests that’s attracting them. This may include roaches, beetles, and other soft-bodied insects. If you are able to get rid of these nuisance pests then the centipedes will gradually look for another home.

Centipede FAQ

Do centipedes kill ants?

Yes, they do. Centipedes are carnivore insects that will eat several other bugs like moths, spiders, and even pests like cockroaches in addition to ants.

There are several species of centipedes of varying sizes, colors, and leg numbers, but the most commonly found inside homes and lawns are yellow or brown, with a pair of legs on each body segment and long antennae.

While they can be hard to spot due to their primarily nocturnal activity and speed, finding a single one inside your home might just mean a stray one came from your garden and got lost. Though if you regularly find several of them, this could be a sign of a much bigger problem, as they will only live around areas with a reliable food source.

And a reliable food source for them means several ants, spiders, moths, cockroaches, and many other inconvenient bugs. So if you dispose of them, you’ll probably uncover a much bigger problem of several other infestations that were kept under control by them.

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