While you may be fine with centipedes outside in your garden, things change when they venture inside. This is a guide about getting rid of centipedes inside your home.
Here are questions related to Getting Rid of Centipedes Inside Your Home.
What do centipedes hate?
By 1visionn from NJ
You need a de-humidifier not a humidifier to get rid of moisture.
Centipedes love my bathroom and the closet near it. How can I get rid of them? Do they bite? They seem to come out at night and when the lights are out in the bathroom and closet. There is nothing worse when you're brushing your teeth or hair and you see this weird thing reflecting in your mirror. Then you turn around, take your shoe off and softly squish. If you miss they run fast. Shoes were not meant for that so I use Clorox wipes for my shoes underneath. Then clean like crazy. I live in a 1920's building with lots of wood and holes here and there. I am not sure what to use to seal them up. I'll have to let my landlord know soon. I always make sure before I'm in the shower to check for these nasty things. I freak out every time I see them.
By Amy C
Dehumidifiers get rid of moisture - humidifiers add moisture. So you actually want to get a dehumidifier.
How do you get rid of centipedes in one's home?
By Nadine from Canonsburg, PA
By Beth R.06/18/2014
Diatomaceous earth in finely powdered form is a lung irritant. Please keep it outside. Sprinkle around your foundation, door step, and windows if they don't open or if you don't use a fan. Borax is also natural, but a larger particulate in powder form. It can also irritate if inhaled, but it works. Also if you keep it out of high traffic areas & use a good vacuum, it should not bother you.
I would like to know how to get rid of centipedes in my house.
By Linda Smith07/23/2013
I was hoping someone had answered as I'm seeing them in my house too. I'm told there are harmless and to kill them and sweep them up but there must be something else I can do...help?
I need a home remedy to get rid of centipedes. I found one in my house and I have a cat and don't want to put anything chemical out that might hurt the cat. Any suggestions as to what I can use to get rid of centipedes?
Do you actually have centipedes? We called them 'Thousandleggers'. Here is a good website to determine which one you have: http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/centipedemillipede012.shtml
If you have milipedes - those ones with a hard shell and curl up if disturbed or dead, here's a little known remedy, and it's natural. Who knows? It might also work on thousandleggers/centipedes, too. Tobacco dust. I don't know where to get it because it was in the 50's we had millipedes, but my dad got tobacco dust (back then, there were a lot of tobacco warehouses) and laid down a trail across every doorway and outside window sill.
It absolutely worked! it was explained to me that the tobacco dust gets in their 'segments' when they crawl across it and it kills them. And of course, I'm sure your cat will avoid tobacco dust, too. Unless it's a kitten and they are nosy about everything.
Help, I have centipedes in my bathtub and would like to know how to get rid of them. All help will be appreciated.
Nan in Northwest Iowa
By jeff tucker08/02/2004
first, caulk everything: tub, walls, cabinets and floor. next use a pyrethrum based insecticide like home defense, around all openings, both inside and outside house.
I am from Holland but I have been living on Curacoa for a year now. My apartment downstairs was broken into three months ago. So I moved upstairs because it is harder to break into that apartment. When I moved upstairs my apartment was crawling with centipedes. Some were as big as 20 cm. I have had pest control spray my entire house now 4 times. But they kept coming back.
I found a few in my bed. While I was taking a shower last time, a big one came out to run around my legs. To be honest I am absolutly terrifed of them. I have not been able to sleep or take a normal relaxing shower for three months now. I haven't see any centipedes since they sprayed last time, but that was only a few days ago. I lost trust that they are actually gone. Is there any way to make sure that my house is actually centipede free? Because I really need a good night of sleep. Thanks a lot!
I recently moved to the first floor of the house I live in. Every single night I'm killing a centipede on my ceiling or wall! It's absolutely disgusting. I can't even sleep in my bedroom. I never had this problem when I lived upstairs. I've covered the holes that I've thought they were coming from but it hasn't worked! I don't know what else to do. Help!
I have begun to find more and more centipedes in my basement since last summer. How can I get rid of them? I have pets, so I need a safe method.
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Does anyone have a natural solution for getting rid of centipedes? I live in a first floor duplex and have been noticing more of them in the cold weather.
Chicago-girl from Chicago
Some more natural ones on the right sidebar. (10/07/2008)
Kevin K., Certified Applicator in the state of Texas (10/09/2008)
By Kevin K
I need a natural repellent for house centipedes. They come from my basement up my kitchen walls. Creepy. I hate to spray insecticide near food.
By Lynnski from RI
Get rid of the sow bugs, and you'll get rid of the centipedes. Sow bugs love and need moisture, so the guy told me to keep my basement as dry as possible and don't leave damp laundry lying around. He recommended that I get a dehumidifier and run it (in basement) pretty much constantly during the wet and humid season. He said I could caulk cracks in the houses foundation, but that centipedes could get in the tiniest of cracks.
This whole sow bug/dehumidifier advice all seemed unlikely to me, but I did it anyway. It totally worked! I rarely see a centipede anymore, usually only when I forget to run the dehumidifier. Yes, it was an expense, but living centipede-free is worth it. Hope this helps. (05/19/2010)