Centipedes are a fairly common pest that frequently invades Hawaiian homes. Here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions we are often asked the question, “How do I get rid of centipedes?” Well, we are here to answer this burning question and give you the steps needed to get rid of centipedes once and for all!
Let’s begin with a little background about centipedes. Centipedes have a long, flat, worm-like body that is segmented and, depending on the species, can grow up to 6 inches in length. Each body segment of a centipede has one pair of legs so, depending on their size, each individual can have between 15 and 177 legs!
In general, centipedes hardly ever come into contact with people. When it does happen, it is usually accidental - grabbing for a box with a centipede underneath, and bam! You get bitten! Contact could also happen because there is a very large infestation; and therefore, the chance of coming into contact with one has greatly increased, as they search for food and water. Centipedes aren’t very dangerous, but they are capable of using their pinchers to grab hold of a person’s skin and of using their fangs to inject their venom. The venom is poisonous, but it is usually not strong enough to cause any major issues for adults.
Centipedes typically live outdoors, hiding during the day underneath mulch, stones, logs, and in piles of vegetation. When the weather becomes too hot or dry, they will move inside buildings to find a moist, dark environment to live in and come out only at night to feed on other insects. Sealing cracks in foundations, caulking gaps found around doors, and using dehumidifiers are all simple steps that you can take to help deter and prevent centipedes from entering your home.
Now, onto the question at hand, “How do I get rid of centipedes?” The best answer is with the help of a professional who has the equipment and training needed to effectively eliminate a centipede infestation from a home. Centipedes hide in the dark, hard to reach areas of a home - basements, crawl spaces, and laundry rooms. Finding and treating all the centipedes living in your home takes a great deal of experience and professionalism. We can also offer suggestions for changes to make around your home to help prevent and deter future centipedes from wanting to invade.
Our Premier Pest Complete plan provides you with everything you ever wanted when it comes to protecting your home from centipedes and other pests. The plan provides year-round protection (6 services per year) for your home from over 30 common pests, including centipedes. The plan also includes the benefits of exterior and interior services and specific services to protect your property against pests like fleas, ticks, and termites.
To get started protecting your home all year long from centipedes and other pests contact Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, now!