What Is Attracting Centipedes To My River Oak Home?

July 31, 2019

a creepy crawling centipede scurrying along a granite tiled fourier   top in a river oak texas kitchen

Everyone reacts differently to seeing a centipede in their home. Some run in fear to ask the help of a loved one or a friend close by. Others quickly grab a piece of toilet paper or paper towel to vanquish the hideous creature that has found its way into their home. Whether you run or attack when centipedes show up, we all share one thing in common, we hate having centipedes in our homes. 

Things Homeowners Do That Attract Centipedes

It is strange to think that we are inviting centipedes into our homes, especially considering our disdain for them, but it’s true. We invite them in by inviting other pests in. If you don't understand this, let us explain. Centipedes are carnivores that feed on other insects, much like spiders. This means they go where other pests go. So if ants find their way into your home because of pie crumbs dropped on the floor, centipedes may follow to snack on the ants. Food and drink scraps and excess moisture are what attract the insects that attract the centipedes.

Prevention Steps For Centipedes

The good news is that, to prevent centipedes, the steps you take also prevent other pests. The bad news is, preventing all of these pests can be difficult. Here is our list of ways you can try to keep pests out of your home.

  • Seal up your home's foundation. This can be done using a caulking gun to fill in any gaps or cracks you find.

  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are not ripped so that flying pests cannot buzz in.

  • Reduce moisture in and around your home. This can be done by fixing leaks, installing dehumidifiers, and making sure your gutters are in good working order.

  • Clean regularly and in places that you might be prone to neglect such as under refrigerators and stoves.

  • Make sure your garbage cans are tightly sealed so that pests cannot get inside.

  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers and out of reach of pests.

  • If you have pets, pick up their food and water bowls after they are done with them.

A Simpler Solution To Centipedes

As the lengthy list above suggests, centipedes can be difficult to eliminate with DIY methods. When you choose Modern Pest Control, on the other hand, keeping centipedes and the pests they invade for at bay is simple. Our general pest control plans are designed to keep a variety of common household pests out of homes, including centipedes. 

Want to learn more about our services? Reach out to our staff today.

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