It is unnerving to have centipedes in the home. Learning how to get rid of centipedes is the first step in effective centipede control. They have many legs, pincers, and some can even deliver a stinging bite to humans. Centipedes invade homes looking for a meal. These animals only eat other bugs, including silverfish, larvae, ants, and spiders. Centipedes prefer places that are dark and damp. They are most active at night, which is when they do the majority of their hunting.
Centipedes do not usually bite humans, unless they are defending themselves. The presence of centipedes indicates there is a population of smaller bugs in the home. Some people may encourage you to leave centipedes alone, because they eat other nuisance bugs. However, their appearance and potential to bite are good enough reasons for most people to learn how to get rid of centipedes.
Centipedes don’t live in large colonies. In fact, if you can kill or remove the centipedes you can see, the problem is likely over. Centipedes can be captured in a glass, sprayed with an insecticide, or squished. Glue traps in dark corners and behind furniture is another effective way to capture centipedes, and also to see what insects they may be eating. Making your house inhospitable for centipedes is the best way to ensure they don’t return. Eliminate other insect populations that exist in your home to remove the centipede’s food source. Clean up standing water and use dehumidifiers in dark places. Caulk up cracks in the walls of your home. Baits do not work on centipedes, because they only feed on moving insects. Instead, centipede powders, boric acid, and diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled beneath furniture and in corners. These powders dry out the centipede and kill it. Insecticides can also be an effective method of centipede control.