Is Your House Becoming A Haunted House?

10/22/2015


centipede found in basement

Imagine getting ready to jump in the shower. You turn on the water, let it get hot, then pull the curtain aside and step in, only to turn around and see a 6-inch-long snake-like thing with a multitude of legs winding its way quickly toward you. Can you say, freaked out?! Who needs haunted houses when you have real life horror in your own home?

If you are encountering centipedes in your Kansas home, read on to learn how to identify these creatures and how you can get rid of them.

What do centipedes look like?

Centipedes, although the word itself means "100 legs", can have from 15 to 177 legs. They are yellowish to dark brown in color and may have stripes or markings. They have long, flat, segmented bodies and can range from 1/8th of an inch to 6 inches in this area of the country. (In other parts of the world, they can be up to a foot long!) House centipedes generally eat spiders, bed bugs, cockroaches, firebrats, carpet beetle larvae, silverfish etc.

Are centipedes dangerous?

Other than flipping out in the shower, falling, and hitting your head, centipedes are only dangerous if you have an allergic reaction to their venom. But, even if you are not allergic, the sting of a centipede can hurt. A lot! Similar to the sting of a bee, a centipede will latch on and not let go until you beat it senseless, which doesn't generally take that long. The pain begins with a slow burning sensation, and then grows from a small spot until it encompasses an area about two inches in diameter. The pain can be excruciating if you are bitten in a place where there are more nerve endings, like fingers or toes.

How can I keep centipedes out of my shower--and the rest of my house?

Here are some do-it-yourself strategies for keeping centipedes out.

  • If you see a centipede, try to kill it or capture it and put it outside.

  • Clean your home thoroughly, getting rid of the critters that centipedes feed upon.

  • Keep your house as dry as possible by using dehumidifiers and/or fans.

  • Use sticky traps in corners or along floorboards where centipedes often hunt. (This will trap other insects as well.)

  • Seal up entry points by using a caulking gun to seal gaps and cracks in your walls, foundation, around windows, and air conditioning units etc.

  • Make sure door sweeps are in good working order and screens are in good repair.

  • Cover basement floor drains with window screen.

When is it time to call in the professionals?

If you have done all you can to get rid of centipedes, but they are still crawling around scaring you half to death; it may be time to call in a pest control company who can get to the root of the problem. Here at Schendel Pest Services, we are 100% committed to providing the most advanced pest solutions available. With Schendel, you can rest assured your problem will be taken care of because of our PestZero Guarantee - After we eliminate your pests, if they come back to haunt you, we will return and fix the problem for free.

When you want peace of mind from centipedes and other creepy bugs, give us a call. We can help turn your haunted house back into a peaceful home. Guaranteed.




 

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