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.
What do centipedes hate?
By 1visionn from NJ
Don't get rid of centipedes or millipedes! They eat other bugs! I have lots of millipedes in my garden. When I come across one in my digging around, I pick him up and put him in some other place. These are the good guys!
Okay, after answering your question, I saw another question further down asking the same thing only she said hers were in the bathroom. I had assumed your centipedes were in the garden. If your centipedes are in the house, ignore what I said. For inside the house, try a humidifier. Centipedes like moisture. You also should seal any cracks coming through from the outside.
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
Your bathroom is moist and that's what centipedes like. Try a humidifier in your bathroom. You should also check for cracks in the floor and windows through with they can climb and seal them up.
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.
Diatomaceous Earth is a great way to get rid of any bug. You have the option of buying the food grade so if you place it somewhere that someone (your child or your pet) might get it in their mouth, it will not hurt them. It is effective on all kinds of bugs which means it will work on ants, bugs, beetles, crickets, centipedes, roaches, spiders and more. It dehydrates bugs. However it does not work fast, it will take some time. I cannot tell you exactly how long. I watched a roach get into it and it slowed him down but did not kill him instantly. Afterwards I found a roach dehydrated and dead. So diatomaceous earth is what I would suggest for someone who wants to kill bugs naturally or for someone who has a pet. It is available at any hardware store or online and is very affordable, 1lb food grade diatomaceous earth for $9.99.
I would like to know how to get rid of centipedes in my house.
How do you get rid of centipedes in one's home?
By Nadine from Canonsburg, PA
I have done this and it worked for about 8 months: I just saw a big and small one in the last two days so I am going to do what I did last year. You can buy food grade Diatomaceous Earth on Amazon or where ever you can find it. Put it in a dry empty dish soap bottle (or something like that) Squeeze the bottle and let the "dust" go under the appliances, around your house, inside and out. Under the kitchen sink and anywhere you think they could be. I also did my attached garage. Yes, it looks a little weird to have white stuff around the baseboards, etc but after you don't see any more for awhile you can clean it off. Check out Natures Wisdom. They made the stuff I bought. It makes the critters dry out. GROSS. I am hoping to get rid of them for good eventually. Make sure you do your basement and in all the dark corners there too.
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.
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
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
When I had centipedes (a lot of them), I called an entomologist (bug guy) at the university. He said the only effective way to get rid of centipedes (as opposed to continually killing them) is to get rid of "sow bugs". Evidently, sow bugs are the only thing centipedes eat, and centipedes will only come into your house if you have sow bugs. (Sow bugs, I think, are small, oval-shaped, somewhat furry looking bugs that primary set up housekeeping in the basement or around foundation of the house.)
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)
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
I shouldn't have looked this up so close to bedtime:
Some more natural ones on the right sidebar. (10/07/2008)
For indoors try placing mice glue boards along the base boards, behind furniture, and on either side of entryways. This will help. Check seals on all doors leading outside for gaps. Check windows also for any cracks. You can seal these fairly cheaply and save on heating and cooling bills to boot. If you have mulch or high grass around the foundation that is where they tend to come from as other insects live there. Cut the grass low and move the mulch 6 inches from the foundation it will help.
Kevin K., Certified Applicator in the state of Texas (10/09/2008)
By Kevin K
Try borax, I have them as well. I have borax under my dishwasher and behind my stove. I haven't seen any since. I live in the city around mulch which is under my steps going outside. So try it and let me know if it helps you any. (10/13/2008)
What I use for ants is powdered cayenne pepper. I sprinkle it outside the house where they come in and also inside. I used the very strong BTU cayenne. A lot of health food stores carry the higher BTU cayenne. (10/16/2008)