If you have nasty little centipedes in your yard, save your money first before hiring an expensive exterminator. For this post, we’ll show you how to get rid of centipedes with tools and ingredients that may already be in your house. All you have to do is follow these easy instructions, and you’ll be rid of those creepy crawlies once and for all!
Use diatomaceous earth
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In case you’re not familiar with it, diatomaceous earth or D.E. is a powdery substance that’s made from naturally occuring sedimentary rocks. These rocks come from the remains of diatoms that have been fossilized for quite some time.
Most pests die when they come into contact with diatomaceous earth. In its simplest form, D.E. is composed of sharp particles that can puncture a centipede’s hard exoskeleton. Once inside its body. D.E. then proceeds to suck out all the moisture, effectively dehydrating the arthropod and killing it.
To use D.E., check where bugs commonly enter your home. Keep the area dry, and sprinkle a generous amount of the powder on it. Do this at least 2 times a week to kill all the centipedes.
Don’t forget to wear goggles, a mask, and a pair of gloves when you’re doing this. Diatomaceous earth can irritate the skin and sting the eyes.
Sprinkle some boric acid
When it comes to knowing how to get rid of centipedes, boric acid is probably the most common method to try. If you find if hard to get your hands on a few pounds of D.E., use this powder instead.
Boric acid works just like diatomaceous earth. It punctures and dehydrates. So with your safety gear, sprinkle boric acid on the common entryways. You should also do this at least twice a week.
Use sticky traps
No access to the powdery stuff? Try buying sticky rat traps online or from your local supermarket. These glue traps are adhesive laden paper that you can just place anywhere in the house.
A few words of warning: sticky traps will endanger your children and pets. Never put them in places where they frequent. If you can’t help it, put some barricades to keep them out. Check the traps a few times a day just in case something wrong happens.
Some Preventive Measures
Prevention is half of the battle. If you’ve successfully gotten rid of the centipedes in your home, make sure they won’t come back with these four tips.
Keep your house dry
Centipedes just love water; they simply can’t survive without it. So a house that’s humid and has greater moisture will mostly like invite them in. You can fix this by inspecting your pipes and making sure that none of them are leaking. You should also confirm that all your faucets are drip-free and that your garden hoses have no holes in them.
For damp basements, get a professional to inspect your gutters if it’s been pooling water from your roof or if its downspouts are properly placed a few feet away from your house’s foundation. Though the gutter is quite a few meters away from you basement, runoff that’s ineffectively carried by the gutters can eventually fall on your house’s foundations and gradually seep into basement.
Get rid of all the pests
Most house pests are food for centipedes. These multi-legged arthropods are attracted to pest-filled properties. They’re generalist hunters that would actively seek out prey, eventually ending up in human homes. So you can either call the exterminator or try DIY methods to get rid of roaches, silverfish, flies, spiders and even mice to stop centipedes from coming in.
Organize your yard
Nature is really just a cycle. Centipedes eat bugs, and most of these bugs eat plants. So it goes without saying that if you don’t regulate the plants in your yard, you’ll have to deal with centipedes that prey on the insects that feed on them.
Trim the trees and bushes a few times a year. Keep the flowers neatly organized. Put them inside pots and arrange them in lanes or in groups. Be wary of the mulch you’re using. Some mulches attract insects instead of keeping them away. Lastly, don’t put way too many decorative stones since centipedes love to hide under them.
Cover your trash
Aside from plants, the centipede’s favorite bugs will also feed on trash. That’s why we have to keep our garbage tightly placed inside their bins. Don’t park the bins close to your doors and windows. Put them a few feet away from your house.
Learning how to get rid of centipedes can be easy if you’re just committed to it. Don’t forget that many of these tips need to be done regularly to become effective. It takes a proactive homeowner to get rid of annoying pests, especially something that’s as creepy as centipedes.