Help! There Are Centipedes In My Mesa Home!

House centipede on a windowsill.

If you've recently seen centipedes in your Mesa home, you're likely feeling frustrated, panicked, and unsure of what to do. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get rid of the centipedes and protect your home against future invasions.

In this blog, we'll discuss how to identify centipedes, why they might be attracted to your home and the best way to remove them from your home with Mesa pest control. Keep reading to learn more and when to contact Pro Active Pest Control for residential and commercial services.

What Do Centipedes Look Like?

You can identify centipedes by their elongated, segmented bodies, which range in color from yellow-brown to dark brown. They also have a pair of long legs on each of their body segments. If you’ve noticed any of these creepy crawlies in your home, you’ll want to know how to get rid of them.

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

You may be asking yourself, “do centipedes sting?” Centipedes can be a nuisance in your home, but they’re hardly dangerous. If a centipede bites you, which is rare, it can, however, cause swelling and pain. Even though they’re not severely dangerous, it’s still important to take the necessary steps to prevent them from entering your house. Here are some tips on how to prevent a giant centipede problem in your home:

  1. Repair any cracks or holes in the walls or foundations of your house. 
  2. Clean your yard regularly and keep it free of debris, such as leaves and grass clippings. There could also be centipedes in plants around your house, so be sure to check these as well.
  3. Make sure that all doors and windows are closed tightly when not in use, as centipedes can squeeze through even the tiniest cracks.
  4. If you see a centipede, take immediate action to get rid of it; this will help to deter other centipedes from entering your home.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your home remains centipede-free! Additionally, consider using natural repellents like peppermint oil or citrus peels around areas of entry for centipedes in your house. These smells are known to repel insects. With these preventive measures in place, you should be able to successfully ward off pesky centipedes from entering your home.

Why Are There Centipedes In My Home?

Centipedes need a moist environment to survive, and they're attracted to water sources in your home; this could be a dripping pipe, overflowing sink, leaky shower, or another source of moisture. You might even find them near a humidifier or air conditioner. Even if the area is dry, it's possible that a centipede has come inside looking for a drink and has then decided to stay. 

If you suspect that water is drawing centipedes into your home, try to identify the source and patch it as soon as possible. Make sure all pipes and drains are properly sealed, and check any appliances or machines that produce moisture to ensure they are not leaking. Additionally, using a dehumidifier can help reduce the humidity in your home and make it less attractive to centipedes.

Centipedes can also be attracted to food, as they need sustenance to survive. Be sure to clean up any kitchen messes and keep crumbs to a minimum. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Centipedes In My Home?

Getting rid of a huge centipede infestation in your home is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to help make the process a bit easier.

First, identify what is attracting the centipedes to your home. The most common attractants are food sources, other insects or spiders, water sources, or damp areas in basements or bathrooms. Once you have identified these areas, take steps to eliminate them by sealing any entry points that might allow insects to enter and remove any excess moisture from the area. Next, inspect the exterior of your home for cracks or gaps where centipedes may come in. Finally, reducing the number of centipedes around your home is important. If you have houseplants, keep them away from windows or doors, as they attract centipedes. 

Overall, getting rid of centipedes in your home can be a difficult task, and store-bought house centipede repellent hardly does the trick. Your best bet is to hire a professional. At Pro Active Pest Control, we understand the ins and outs of pesky pests like centipedes, and we know how to get them out of your home safely and effectively.