Centipedes are seen commonly in yards and occasionally enter homes or buildings. Outside they are found in damp, dark places such as underneath leaves, rocks, bark, or mulch. The house centipede prefers the damp and high humidity areas found in basements, closets, bathrooms, and unexcavated regions under your home.
Centipedes are considered to be carnivorous as they are known to feed on spiders and other insects.
Method of Travel:
1. Seal any holes that might be around siding, windows, doors, or pipes.
2. Keep your house and outside surroundings dry.
3. Keep trash, stones, old boards, leaves, grass clippings, and other debris away from your home.
4. Removal of any thick mulch from your foundation and plants to allow drying will help reduce problems.
5. If there is a continuing presence of house centipedes in your home, this could actually signal an underlying insect problem.
Steps to control:
1. Watering lawns and gardens later in the day will help promote more drying out time.
2. Using residual insecticide sprays along cracks, entry points, and baseboards may help discourage activity. You will want to spray thoroughly around foundations as well as the sides of structures. Be sure to get around the windows, across doorways, and other openings.
3. Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with the Knock Down products listed below.