When pests are lurking around outside of your home, you know that they’re going to find a way in. It’s only a matter of time until they sneak through a crack or a crevice and start making themselves at home inside.
Millipedes and centipedes are two creepy crawly pests that, frankly, like being inside where they’re away from predators and have a cozy place to chill out. These pests like dark, damp spaces like basements and garages and will hang around as long as you let them.
Fortunately, you don’t have to let them! In fact, you can take vital steps to keeping centipedes and millipedes out of your house in the first place. Let’s talk about how.
What are Centipedes and Millipedes?
Before we get into more detail about killing centipedes and millipedes, let’s talk a bit about the type of pest that you’re dealing with. These two pests often get grouped together because they belong to the same subphylum of arthropods called Myriapoda. That’s a Greek word that means “countless feet.” Yes, both centipedes and millipedes have lots of feet! It’s this very characteristic that many homeowners tell us is why they get a “creepy-crawly” feeling when thinking about them.
In actuality, neither centipedes nor millipedes are big threats to humans. Millipedes are not poisonous and do not bite—though they can secrete a toxin that can be irritating to the skin if touched.
Centipedes, on the other hand, can bite but rarely do. It would probably take picking one up to actually get bit by it. Even so, centipedes are venomous since they use venom to kill their prey. But a centipede bite would be unlikely to cause serious health complications in a human unless they were allergic.
All that being said, we know you don’t want these creepy crawlies around your house. They likely make you feel unsettled and uncomfortable, and we completely understand. After all, when you’re at home, you want to be able to relax, not feel like you have pests lurking about.
That’s why we’ll talk next about keeping centipedes and millipedes out of your house so you don’t have to encounter them.
How to Keep Centipedes and Millipedes Out of Your House
With any pest, your best plan of attack is to do what you can to keep them out of your home in the first place.
There are several things that you can do on your own to go about keeping centipedes and millipedes out of your house such as keeping your basement dry (these pests like damp areas) and removing clutter (pests, in general, like to hide). You can also be sure to seal any entryways or cracks that you might have around the home.
But far and away, the best approach to keeping centipedes and millipedes out of your house is a service called perimeter pest control. With perimeter pest control, product is applied around the outside of the home to create a shield that keeps pests away.
Addressing Both Indoor and Outdoor Pest Problems
At Joshua Tree, perimeter pest control is one part of our Quarterly Pest Control program. One of the major benefits of Quarterly Pest Control is that in addition to that exterior barrier that we’ll create, we are also addressing pest control inside of the house.
After all, some of the pests already may have come in.
The great thing about this program is that it not only takes care of centipedes and millipedes but it also attacks other common pests like spiders, ants, stink bugs, roaches, stinging insects, and even rodents (to name just some). While you might have seen a leggy arthropod hanging around and that’s why you’re looking into keeping centipedes and millipedes out of your house, you certainly don’t want other pests lurking about, either.
Unfortunately, the fact is, if you’re dealing with centipedes and millipedes inside of your home, it’s probably because you have other pests already there. Both of these arthropods feed upon other pests and are probably hanging around because they have plenty of meals available.
For these reasons, you want a program that takes care of it all! You shouldn’t have to be worrying about unwanted guests when you’re in the safety and security of your own home. With a comprehensive pest control program, you don’t have to.
Get Rid of Pests and Your Worries, Too
We understand the reasons why you’re concerned. When you’ve spotted a pest or are worried they may be creeping around, you can’t relax. That puts you and your family on edge.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
With safe, effective, and thorough pest control services, you truly can gain peace of mind that everything is being handled as it should. That means that you’ll no longer have to fret about leggy arthropods crawling around. Centipedes, millipedes, and any other potential threat to your comfort is being taken care of.
If you’re interested in learning more about pest control services at your Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, PA home, contact us for a free pest control quote or give us a call at 610-365-4858 so that we can answer your questions.