House centipedes are unsettling, especially when they grow to be as big as 2 inches long. It is also unsettling that you can find them in some very unexpected places, such as your kitchen sink. There is something not quite right about lifting a pan out of your sink and finding a big, tan bug with thirty legs. Fortunately, centipedes are easy to squish with a wad of paper towel. If you're reasonably quick, you'll have no trouble killing a centipede. But once you've dispatched the one centipede, you may be left wondering about all of the other centipedes that are living in your home. Are they going to retaliate for what you've done? Are they going to come out of hiding and attack you while you sleep? We have some good news and we have some bad news—but mostly good news.
The Bad News About Centipedes
All centipedes are carnivorous hunters that roam around at night. It is not unlikely that they may even crawl around on you while you're sleeping in bed. When you add to this that centipedes are venomous, you may have cause for concern. But we are happy to say that, aside from being entirely unacceptable to have these things crawling on you while you sleep, you have little to fear. Centipedes rarely bite people, and their venom is not considered a medical threat.
More Good News About Centipedes
The centipedes in your home do not consider you, your kids, or your pets as prey. You're all far too big for a centipede to consume. They will, however, feed on many of the critters that get into your home. They're known to eat cockroaches, spiders, termites, ants, silverfish, and even bed bugs! If centipedes weren't so disgusting, they'd be pretty great to have around. Sadly, centipedes are lousy pest management professionals. While they eat many of the pests that can get into your home, they don't eat them all. If you want to correct a pest infestation, it is far better to hire a human pest management professional.
What You Should Know Most About Centipedes
If you have centipedes in your home, it is likely that you have a moisture problem. Centipedes are attracted to high humidity and dampness. Seeing these big, ugly bugs in your home should prompt you to do a detailed inspection of your exterior. Search for areas that are staying damp and any spots where wood is beginning to rot. One contributing factor may be a clogged gutter system. It is easy to let your gutters become clogged. They're way up there on the roofline of your home. How are you expected to do routine inspections? Well, you may be able to easily tell that your gutters are clogged. If you look up at your gutters and see plants growing, that is a sure sign that your gutters need to be cleaned! If you don't clean your gutters, water will not be channeled down and away from your foundation perimeter. This makes your exterior damp and allows mold spores to attach to wood. As the spores eat the wood, it becomes attractive to carpenter ants, carpenter bees, termites, and other wood-destroying pests. It may also attract mice and rats. All of these pests can damage your home.
The Great News
You might want to thank centipedes for being so gross. If they weren't, you wouldn't be thinking about this problem right now, and it is good that you are. If water damage is not dealt with, it can lead to property damage and health issues for your family. Now is the time to reach out to Witt Pest Management and get control of your pest problems. Get started by requesting a pest control inspection today. We can help you rid your home of centipedes and all of the bugs centipedes eat.