How To Kill House Centipedes!

The House Centipede!

How To Kill House Centipedes!

Do you know what that alien thing is at the top of this page? If you've never seen it, then you will probably never know what it is. If you have seen it, then you know EXACTLYwhat I'm talking about. That thing is what's known as a house centipede or "scutigera coleoptrata" as it's classified in the animal world.

To many people, this thing can be the bane of their existence! Many people are taken aback when they see it. The first thing out of their mouths is: "What the heck is that?" And rightfully so, because if you look at it, it does look like it is alien in origin! But it's definitely from this world, and while on this hub i will give you some very valuable information about it.

So buckle up and stay tuned. There is nowhere else on Hubpages that you would rather be than here! If you want to know how to kill house centipedes, please keep reading..!

Where Do They Come From?

House centipedes originated in the Mediterranean region of the world. But the earliest reported sighting in the United States was in 1849. They were most likely transported here by some cargo ship. But they're here now, so we have to deal with them!

When you encounter a house centipede, it will most likely be in the basement of your home. These insects like to dwell in damp, humid environments. This is the best place for them because this type of environment protects them from the cold and dehydration. They breathe through small openings called spiracles, so a damp environment provides a steady stream of oxygen for them.

Even though 90% of the time they are encountered in the basement, they have been found all over the home. Basements, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens. They've even been known to be in the bed with people while they sleep! Whatever room you can think of, the house centipede can found in it!

They run very fast and can climb walls as well as ceilings. So, as you can see, these things can be quite bothersome if they are allowed to get out of hand! Whenever someone sees one of these things for the first time, they are freaked out! They want to know what they are and how can they get rid of house centipedes!

How To Kill House Centipedes!

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Why Are They In Your Home?

Contrary to popular belief, house centipedes are NOT to be kept as pets! They are some out there that have decided to keep them as pets. But I'm not one of them! House centipedes have a real purpose and reason as to why they are in your home, and you won't like it when I tell you so here it is!

House centipedes are hunters! They are one of the predators of the insect world! They are what is known as insectivores, meaning that they hunt and kill other insects! So if you have seen these things in your home, it only means that your home has the right conditions for house centipedes to hunt! IT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE AN INSECT INFESTATION SOMEWHERE IN YOUR HOME!

That is the only reason that they are there. They are there to hunt for...food! They are not in your home to be pets, and they are not in your home to live because they have nowhere else to go! They are there to hunt! House centipedes eat spiders, bedbugs, silverfish, termites, roaches, cockroaches, ants and whatever insect that they can get their 15 pairs of long legs on!

Did you notice anything about the list of bugs from above? Yes! These are the same bugs that plague your home if you're not careful! The house centipedes eats all of them, and more! So there arrival means that there is plenty to eat in your home!

They are not harmful to humans. But a sting from a house centipede is not uncommon. It leaves behind some swelling and redness. But is not altogether dangerous to people!

There are some among us that proclaim that because of the above facts, we should leave them along. Well, I don't agree with this. I've met none of these people in real life, and I'm pretty sure that if they woke up with a house centipede over their bed, or on their pillow INCHES away from their nose, that they would change their tune!

These things are insects, and if left unchecked, they can be an infestation themselves! So instead of justifying why I should allow them to stay in my house, I'd rather kill them! I'd rather kill them and the insect infestation that they're after! But we'll get to that later on!

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How Many Are There?

That is a great question. The answer to it is: no one knows for sure. No one knows for sure how many house centipedes are in your home. But let's try to guess.

The house centipede has a lifespan of about 3 to 7 years of age. The females begin to lay eggs at around the age of 3. The average female house centipede can lay between 60 to 150 eggs at a time! So you do the math!

if you are always seeing these things then it's a safe bet that they have been in your home for sometime now. You most likely notice them at 2 different times of the year. During the spring and the fall months.

They come out in the spring because of the warmer weather. During the fall they seek shelter in our homes because of the cooler weather. Coincidentally, the spring is also when the rest of the insect world decides to wake up from their winter slumber.

How To Kill House Centipedes!

So how do you kill them...completely? Well, there are a couple of ways to do this. Trying to squish each and every one that you encounter won't work because:

1. They hunt at night because they eyes are sensitive to light. So you're probably encountering maybe one in a few hundred every time you see one!

2. There are just too many of them! With the average female house centipede laying between 60 and 150 eggs at a time, you'll NEVER be able to keep up!

So what can you do? You can:

1. Hire an exterminator - This will probably be your best bet. An exterminator can kill the house centipede AND the insect infestation that they are following! One of the drawbacks to an exterminator is even they will tell you that it's going to take more than one visit to completely kill them all! And that's going to cost you more money.

Another drawback is most of us don't like the idea of someone spraying chemicals around the same house where our family lives. Where our children play and sleep!

2. Try Boric Acid- Boric acid has been the insecticide of choice for generations! It's that white powder that you saw along the woodwork in your Grandma's basement! Boric acid works on 2 levels. It acts as a stomach poison if the insect ingests it, and it is abrasive to their exoskeleton if they touch it!

Another unconventional method is to use a dehumidifier. How does it work? well, since the house centipede likes to hang out where there is moisture and humidity, you can use a dehumidifier to dry up the moisture and humidity! Thus making his stay in your home very unpleasant.

This method might not work completely, but it will slow them down. Insects are very ingenious, and they will always find away to get to their food. Just like I said earlier, the house centipede has been seen in every room in the house!

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House Centipede Comments! 18 comments

dal10pages 6 years ago

this was already a good hub and the video deffinetly toped it off!! nice! (comment on my hubs now


shelbi 5 years ago

i seriously just saw one run on my floor from under my bed and ive got the creepy crawlies now and cant sleep cuz im freaked out on whether or not theres more too!!! but ur video did make me laugh a little and i feel a teeny bit better lol


Eric 4 years ago

Are those methods(exterminator and boric acid) safe around my dog?


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klw5200 4 years ago from Pennsauken,NJ Author

I'm not a veterinarian my friend. But I suspect that you shouldn't let your dog anywhere near boric acid. Just a suggestion...


Patrick 4 years ago

While the article is somewhat right, I don't entirely agree. These things showed up in my home, from out of nowhere, a number of years ago; and yes, when I first saw them they FREAKED ME OUT big time. I was on a mission to stomp and squish every last one of them. But after reading up about them, I became one of those people who leaves them alone. I wouldn't go so far as saying "keep them as pets" but if I see them I don't kill them.

Don't let UNFOUNDED FEAR dictate your actions: the only reason we want to squish them is became they are indeed the poster children for "creepy crawlies" and they're FAST. But after I got a hold of myself, I examined them more closely and became familiarized with them, and the sight of them no longer bothers me.

As mentioned in the article, they're predators: i.e., they won't eat your plants or crops, they won't eat your foodstuff or your house's woodwork, etc. and unlike spiders they won't leave behind webs or other dirt.

What's untrue in the article is that they'll become an infestation themselves: if you're seeing a lot of them it's because you have an infestation of some other insect(s) in your home. Being predators, if there isn't enough food to hunt the population will migrate or die off (also note that house centipedes can live several years).

It's also very uncommon for them to sting humans since their bite can't penetrate adult skin, except maybe for the largest specimens. But having handled a few, they don't even try.

If you want to get rid of the house centipedes the best course of action is to find and eliminate whatever other insect infestation you have going on. Like the rude, fat uncle that visits on Thanksgiving, once the food is gone, they'll leave on their own.


Ad 4 years ago

Haha great article and video. Laying in bed right now after killing two centipedes. Reason: I saw one running away from my PILLOW when I lifted my HEAD. Yuck!!


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klw5200 4 years ago from Pennsauken,NJ Author

They might not bite you, but they do get a little too close for comfort, don't they?


Alexis s. 4 years ago

Omg this is really great. All this information let's me now a lot about these ugly scary itchy creepy crawling dirty disgusting creatures! 2 dumbs up !!


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klw5200 4 years ago from Pennsauken,NJ Author

Ok...im not going to scold u about your spelling because I'm not your 3rd grade teacher. But thanx for the love anyway!


Darren 4 years ago

My wife woke up the other night because one was crawling on her leg. She has been freaking out ever since. The bed is pulled away from the wall, she wakes up in a fit if she thinks something has touched her, and has become an insomniac. We have done all the usual remedies for years... sealing up openings, white powder, humidity control. Nothing has worked so far. Anybody have any new ideas?


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klw5200 4 years ago from Pennsauken,NJ Author

If it seems like nothing is working then you have to do something that I alluded to before. If nothing is working then you have to give the house centipedes a reason to leave your home. GET RID OF THEIR FOOD! The only reason they are in your home is because you have a hidden insect problem. Spray for whatever insects you might see that are NOT house centipedes. They eat everything so it doesn't matter. Spiders, ants, roaches, crickets, etc...Get rid of the insects and you get rid of them.


Deshra 4 years ago

You could also use Diatomecious earth, DE is completely harmless to humans, and animals but destroys insects completely. DE is comprised of microscopic Diatoms that harden and form shards when they die, these microscopic shards carve insects open and leave them very vulnerable to dehydration. Any arthropod and even some slugs cannot survive crawling through DE. DE in food grade can be consumed to kill internal parasites as well.


Wubber! 4 years ago

Wow, that's really creepy. But, I see Silver Fish once a year and their pretty big (which their not suppose to be) and they might be centipedes and.... what's worse is that they have more than six legs.


casey 4 years ago

our family has them to they r nasty we squash as many as we can try to keep no spiders webs around so there is less food source we too also have silver fish which are equals as gross maybe It's just cause we have an older house or heck maybe It's just Iowa LOL


Fear controls you 3 years ago

Guys (and gals)...

These things are 100% harmless to humans... In most cases they don't even have the strength to break human skin with a bite. House centipedes are the KINGS of the insect world and destroy all other insects (i.e. spiders, some of which ARE actually quite a problem).. On top of that, they have a lifespan from 5-7 years, so when you kill them you're actually robbing it of quite a bit of life (which I think most of us do enjoy!)

Just remember, it's far more scared of you than you of it... Hence it's 'Run Away!' tactic (which admittedly freaks most people out because they are quite the quick movers).

-Cheers


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fcmosher 3 years ago from Here to Eternity

Nice hub. But centipedes eat cockroach eggs and lots of other nasty stuff, so I let them be.


xemlee 3 years ago

I was biten by this insect in the back of my ears when i was sleeping...i was freaking out coz dont know if this thing is dangerous or thingking what will happen

to me.i didn't get back to sleep searching for this insect in the internet if this insect had a side effect on my body.i have two kids and im worried for them.


Cindie 3 years ago

Ok, I was creeped out before, now I'm COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL where these "things" are concerened. We live in a wooded area and I wake up EVERY morning to find ONE or MORE in my greatroom when I turn on the lights. Let me tell you, these things are SMART, they run and drop off the wall and run even faster to get away from me, YUCK!!! I have vacumed up COUNTLESS numbers of them. Thanks for the info we are on a mision to rid our house of EVERY insect. NOW!

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