6 Reasons You Have Centipedes

12/22/2016


Home Pest Control   
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You have a new visitor, and it’s worse than your in-laws. It’s a centipede. Actually, where there is one, there are many more. You are probably wondering how they got in. You keep your house clean, so why do these little critters stick around? Why wouldn’t they? You offer the best space to raise a family, and your home is refuge from the outside. Here are the 6 reasons why you have centipedes, and why they will stick around long after you squish or flush a few.

1. You have a decent menu

Your family members are not the only ones who enjoy the food you have around the house. Centipedes think you offer a tempting spread, too. Centipedes feed on pests that you already have in your home. If you see centipedes, it could be a sign that you have another insect infestation on your hands. Centipedes eat spiders, earthworms, silverfish, ants, and flies. The first step to get rid of or prevent centipedes is to get rid of the food source, but first you must figure out what it is.

2. You have plenty of water/moisture

Centipedes thrive in wet, damp, and humid areas. Lucky for them, your basement, kitchen, and bathroom have exactly what they are looking for. Centipedes don’t hold in moisture like other bugs do, so they must stay hydrated in other ways. Therefore, you see centipedes under bricks and log piles, in landscaped areas, and in wet home spaces. To avoid a centipede infestation, make sure you clean up and dry out these areas and keep piles of timber and leaves away from your home.

3. It’s cold out

You don’t want to be outside in the cold. You can’t wait to get inside when the temperatures plummet. Centipedes feel the same way. If your house is inviting, the centipedes will find ways to get in.

4. You sleep through the nights

If you get any kind of sleep at night, you miss centipedes in action. The leggy bugs are nocturnal, so they are most active at night – scurrying, slipping, and hunting while you snooze. If you have centipedes, you won’t notice them for a long time. As you sleep, they multiply and settle in for a long season in your home.

5. They run faster than you do

Centipedes are easy to miss because they have the speed of an Olympian. Centipedes can sneak right by without you ever noticing. A centipede can scurry up to 16 inches in a single second. Okay, they can’t outrun you, but they can get around you without you ever knowing any better.

6. You haven’t called in the pest control pros

You can try to tackle a centipede infestation on your own – if you see one that is. Centipedes are sneaky and they are the sign of a much bigger bug problem in and around your home. You need professional help to prevent, get rid of, and control centipedes. The professionals at American Pest know everything about centipedes, and they have developed home pest control services that get rid of them and any insect problem for good.

Serving Maryland, Washington D.C., and NOVA, contact American Pest today to find out how our professionals can control centipedes in your home.

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