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Keeping Centipedes From Slinking Around Your West Chester Home

Advice On How To Keep Centipedes Out

The word, "centipede," literally means hundred feet, but you aren't likely to find a centipede with a hundred feet inside your West Chester home. While a centipede can have between 15 to 173 segments with each segment having two feet, house centipedes, which are the centipedes we see in our West Chester homes, fall on the low side of the scale with only 15 segments. That's just 30 feet (or, more specifically, legs). Although 15 segments is low for a centipede, it is plenty of segments to make these bugs creepy to look at.

Let's take a moment to discuss the dangers of having house centipedes inside your home, things you should know about centipedes, and how you can keep centipedes from getting in and slinking around your home.

a house centipede crawling on bathroom tile flooring

The Dangers Centipedes Pose In Your Home

First of all, apart from their scary appearance and ability to give our hearts a jump, these bugs don't present a threat to us. Centipedes don't get into trash or eat the cat's droppings in the litter box like cockroaches will. They don't get into your stored foods and lay eggs like pantry pests will, and they rarely bite like spiders, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, and many other pests do. In fact, centipedes eat cockroaches, pantry pests, and bed bugs; in a way, they are a benefit. But, before you start thinking that it might be a good idea to keep those centipedes around, you should know that they make terrible pest control providers. They won't completely eliminate any pest that infests your home and the more pests you have, the more centipedes you're going to have. It is a lose-lose situation. 

Understanding that centipedes don't get into your trash or get into your stored foods is important to consider when thinking about centipede control. While you can resist other pests by keeping your trash protected and sealing your stored foods in sealed containers, these measures won't stop centipedes. You need to consider what centipedes need most.

Have you ever noticed that you see centipedes in the bathroom more than anywhere else? This is because they are drawn to areas of high humidity. You'll also find them in your basement or cellar quite frequently. Any place that is humid and dark will be ideal for these nocturnal moisture pests.

Reduce Centipedes With Moisture Control

If you reduce the humidity inside your home, you can have an impact on centipede populations. These bugs aren't going to live in a dry home. But a dry home can be miserable for you as well. Keep this in mind as you invest in dehumidifiers, fans and ventilation ducts. But controlling the humidity level in your home is only going to get you part of the way. You need to address the moisture outside of your home as well.

When your exterior is damp, it can set in motion a chain of events. Fungi attach to wood and begin to soften it. This lures carpenter ants, termites, rodents and other wood-destroying pests. When these pests create holes, it allows rainwater to get in and cause more wood rot. This is the perfect environment for centipedes. These conditions will increase the centipede population around your home in two ways. They'll enjoy being in this moist environment and they will enjoy eating all the bugs that are likely to be in this environment. Everything you do to dry your exterior will reduce the number of centipedes and of the bugs they eat.

  • Make sure your gutters are clear and working correctly.

  • Look for breaks in your downspouts.

  • Inspect your exterior spigots for leaks.

  • Make sure rainwater isn't being collected in containers or on the hard ground near your home.

Seal Entry Points

Once you've addressed the moisture issues inside and outside of your home, do a detailed inspection of your exterior walls and foundation. Seal gaps, holes, or cracks centipedes and other pests can get in through, especially holes that have been chewed by pests. A caulking gun or expanding foam will get the job done if you don't have the time or money to do a proper repair.

Schedule Pest Control Services Today!

As you work to keep centipedes out of your West Chester home, remember that the team at Moyer Pest Control is always available to help you get control of centipedes or to help you get a home pest protection plan in place that will work to eliminate and repel many of the pests we deal with in West Chester. Contact the pest control experts here at Moyer, and get started with pest control services in West Chester today!

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