Have Centipedes? Then You Might Have More Dangerous Pests In Your Home
You may find centipedes to be very unappealing, but centipedes are not very harmful. Even if you are bit by one, the bite is about as serious as a bee sting. But having a lot of centipedes in your home can be a sign that you have more serious pests nearby, such as cockroaches, houseflies and bed bugs.
Therefore, you will want to focus on these pests more so than trying to eliminate the centipedes themselves:
Go Through Your Home Systematically
There might be a part of your home you often do not pay attention to that could be a hiding place for pests, may be a source of moisture or might have a convenient food supply, such as meatball that rolled underneath the refrigerator. Go through your home and search for any signs of a pest infestation, such as many specks of dirt that could be fecal matter, spots of blood on a mattress that could be caused by bed bugs and bug carcasses.
If you notice signs of bed bugs, such as eggs or an exoskeleton, you will want to remove anything that has been infested with bed bugs and either throw it away or subject it to a heat treatment.
Eliminating Food Supplies
Reducing the number of crumbs, taking out your garbage regularly and reducing the amount of grease in your home will make your home less appealing to cockroaches and houseflies. Take your garbage out more frequently. If you do not generate enough garbage, consider getting a smaller garbage can. Sweep and vacuum the floors and wipe down surfaces more frequently. Place all of your food in sealed containers.
Homes that are the most attractive to centipedes are those that have the most humidity. Also, other problematic pests such as cockroaches and silverfish are attracted to moisture. Getting a dehumidifier can help reduce humidity. But the best approach is to determine where the water is coming from in the first place.
You might have leaking pipes or a leaking faucet that is increasing the amount of moisture in the home. Also, running a bathroom fan when you take showers can also help remove much of the moisture, making your home less attractive to pests.
Closing Up Cracks and Crevices
Sealing your cracks and crevices will not only reduce the number of centipedes in your home, but will also reduce the other more harmful pests that attract centipedes. House centipedes and other pests need cracks and crevices inside which to lay their eggs.
The great part about implementing these strategies is that you will reduce the likelihood of your home being invaded by more than one type of pest. However, if you still cannot get rid of centipedes and the pests that are attracting them, you might need to hire a pest control specialist. For more help, contact a company like Antex Exterminating Co Inc. with any questions you have.