Centipede Prevention Tips for Maryland Residents


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There is probably nothing worse than noticing creepy, crawly pests in your home. Especially if that pest is a centipede. With their many legs and long bodies, these slithering creatures are not fun to have around. They look like something out of a horror movie. It’s important that Maryland homeowners are informed about what the actual risks associated with centipedes are and what to do if you happen to come across them in your home.

Centipedes can bite people and those bites can actually be quite painful. You might compare it to the feeling of a bee sting. They are also venomous and use their venom to paralyze their pray—don’t worry—this venom isn’t strong enough to affect humans. Besides this, centipedes are otherwise harmless and more so a nuisance. 

How To Prevent Centipedes From Getting Inside

There are a few things that residents of Maryland can do to limit the number of centipedes on your property and prevent them from getting into your home. First, let's establish why exactly they end up on your property. Centipedes like to hide in dark, damp areas…outside they are usually under stones, mulch, leaf piles, and rotting logs. They move inside if they can find those similar conditions such as in crawl spaces, basements, closets, and bathrooms. So, now that we know this we can determine some possible prevention options. Outside, you can keep your gutters clear and pick up any debris such as logs and rocks from your property, or, move them a good distance away from your home. To prevent them from getting inside you should seal any cracks and crevices in the foundation and exterior walls. You may be tempted to use DIY pest control solutions, however, this is not a good idea. There are numerous things that could go wrong and they can be very dangerous for you and your family. Additionally, DIY products may only eliminate your centipede problem for a short period of time, and become ineffective in the long run. If you truly want to get rid of these pests, American Pest can find centipedes and eliminate them—and provide you will long-term relief from them.

Get Rid Of Centipedes 

Getting rid of centipedes can be very difficult because they are experts at hiding in cracks and crevices. But don’t fear, our team of professionals are even better at finding them. Our pest control experts have the training, skills, and experience that is needed to face your centipede problem head-on. Our approach is extremely effective and will not be harmful to you, your family, or your pets. Because we know that each situation and home is unique, we offer our customers the ability to choose their year-round plans. We offer three levels of Preferred Care Plans—all have quarterly service visits, exterior treatment, and indoor services. After calling American Pest, we will inspect your entire home and property and provide a customized centipede control plan. Residents of Maryland, if you want to eliminate—or prevent—any run-ins with these creepy pests or the 30 plus others we treat for, contact American Pest!


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