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Tips For Preventing House Centipedes From Invading Homes

July 8, 2019

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a nasty full grown centipede scurrying across a souderton kitchen floor

Have you ever entered your bathroom to take a shower or check your hair in the mirror, only to spot a flat, worm-like creature with multiple legs crawling across the bathroom floor? If you have, you know how frightening it can be to find one of these outlandish-looking creatures on your property. If you haven’t had this experience, you probably want to keep it that way. Other than being frightening, these pests are capable of creating many frustrations and disturbances in your Souderton home.

What are house centipedes?

These frightening pests called house centipedes belong to a long list of arthropods that are found in the United States. Thankfully, these annoying pests are not as terrifying as they appear, and most do not have the jaw strength to puncture human skin. If a centipede does manage to bite you in self-defense, you may experience localized pain around the bite, similar to that of a bee sting. In most cases, you won’t see centipedes roaming around in the daytime. Instead, house centipedes prefer the dark cover of night to forage for food, usually in damp areas of the home. These areas may include bathrooms, kitchens, closets, basements, and laundry rooms.

How to Prevent House Centipedes

To know whether or not you should be worried about finding centipedes in your home, check your Souderton property for factors that may encourage pest activity. Once you have identified these factors, put a plan in place to remove them. To deter centipedes and other insect pests from invading your property, keep the following prevention tips in mind.

  • Like many pests, centipedes enjoy tall grass, brush, and weeds in order to stay sheltered from the wind, sun, and predators. Trim this foliage on your property to minimize your exposure to centipedes.

  • Centipedes also like to hide under leaf litter and other organic debris. Remember to rake your lawn and remove organic materials from your property to prevent centipedes from being attracted to your home.

  • Moisture is a huge factor that encourages centipede activity. Tighten loose piping, clear debris from your gutters, and cut shrubs away from the perimeter of your home to allow your foundation to remain dry.

  • Centipedes often invade through gaps and cracks found in foundations, exterior walls, doorways, and windows. Inspect the exterior of your property and seal these areas as you spot them.

If you’ve started seeing centipedes crawling around inside your Souderton home, make sure you contact the pest specialists here at Moyer Pest Control. We'll work hard to keep your home pest-free so you can relax. Reach out to us today to learn about how our residential pest control programs cover centipede infestations!

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