Ever had a centipede crawl into a packed auditorium and hear more than 100 adults scream like children? Yeah, we’ve all been there.
No matter if they are not poisonous enough to kill you, centipedes are heinous. This we can all agree upon. What makes it more difficult is that these nasty little pests are nearly impossible to get rid of. But if you’re on a hunt to find ways to extinguish these creatures, we have you covered.
Here is a list of eight surefire ways to get rid of these awful pests once and for all.
1. Kill it!
Release your pent-up anger or disgust by stomping on these ferocious creatures. Killing them is the only way to ensure that they do not find a way back onto your premises. You can also catch them in a jar and release them away from your house. However, this idea is not for the faint-hearted as it ends up with a broken glass jar and a free centipede.
2. Set up sticky traps
Simply place these traps in places where you’ve seen maximum activity. These types of sticky traps are also great for catching any other insects that are sneaking around your house.
3. Use Pesticides/Insecticides
Whether you wish to spray a chemical or natural moat-like coating around your home’s exterior is your choice. But whatever you choose, be sure to thoroughly cover all the entrance points.
Note–This is only a temporary solution.
4. Get Professional Help
If you’ve tried all the remedies and nothing works, it’s time to bring in the big guns. Professional exterminators are equipped with the right machinery and knowledge to free your home from the torment of centipedes for a long time. They will cost you more than other options on this list, but the results offered are way better than the rest.
5. Get rid of all the pests
Centipedes feed on other pests, so make sure that your house is free from any infestations. When they don’t find any prey, the centipedes will die or leave your home in search of places where they get food from.
6. Keep your home dry
The most important factor on which the lives of centipedes depends is a moist surrounding. Keep your basements, closets, kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, and any other damp areas clean and dry. For extremely moisture-prone areas use packets of silica to absorb the excess moisture. You can also use a dehumidifier to suck in the excess moisture from the air around you.
7. Seal any entrance points
Closing off all entrance points will prevent the pests from entering your home in the first place. Apply weatherstripping on the exterior and fill any holes or cracks that you notice on the walls. Clear away leaves, branches or anything that is blocking the natural flow of waters in gutters as this is a common centipede breeding spot.
8. Try cayenne pepper
Although effective, cayenne pepper is recommended as a last resort if you own any other pets who could get curious. It is not fatal, but it will irritate if sniffed by animals. Lay down a thin layer of cayenne pepper near entrance points (inside and outside your home). This is a natural way to vacate centipedes from your house.
With BBPP centipedes extermination & removal services in Mississauga, Brampton & Vaughan, you can make your home pest free, just the way you like it.