Why Are There So Many Centipedes In My House?
If you really want to see someone put a little pep in their step, show them a house centipede. The room will probably clear out in seconds! The centipede is a formidable insect to find yourself face to face with, mostly because of their speed and all those legs. The centipede can range widely in size, growing in some cases up to 6 inches long. Generally, thanks to their nocturnal nature, people do not usually come in contact with a centipede unless they are outside overturning large rocks and debris.
However, occasionally, we find ourselves looking across the room in the middle of the night and spying one of these slithering looking creatures making their way along the wall. Even worse, sometimes we feel some of those legs crawling on us while we lie in bed. Either way, it is usually not a good scene. The moment we finish testing out our ninja skills on the offending centipede, we have to stop and wonder how on earth did they get there.
It’s true that the centipede is customarily an outdoor pest; content to live out their lives in the damp darkness under rocks and logs in the yard hunting. However, once in a while, centipedes are attracted to nearby homes and head inside to nearby dark closets, into musty basements, or under the kitchen sink. Any place that is dark or may provide moisture will do for a centipede. They didn’t come in just for the peace and quiet, though. If you have centipedes, you can pretty much guarantee that what attracted them was their favorite prey, other insects. The centipede dines on a variety of other pests such as cockroaches, bed bugs, crickets, moths, silverfish, and earwigs, just to name a few.
At first glance, you may think that it is a good thing because they remove so many pests that can cause real problems in the home, but a centipede sighting is just an indication that you have far worse problems than just a few centipedes that will need to be taken care of as quickly as possible.
Schendel Pest Services knows exactly what the issue is when someone calls our office with a centipede infestation in their home. Give us a call today and get set up for an initial inspection to see how our residential pest control services can help eliminate all the pests living in your home. Our staff will be happy to go over the problem areas with you and to come up with a plan to remove not only the centipedes, but whatever bugs there are that may be hiding within the walls, in the basement, or in the crawlspace.