How to Identify and Get Rid of House Centipedes

 There are many ways to identify centipedes and get rid of them from your house but few of them are only effective, so try these 10 best methods to eliminate house centipedes easily and quickly.

House Centipedes
How to Get Rid of House Centipedes: 10 Best Ways 

How to Spot the House Centipede and Prevent them?

In general, the centipedes are predatory with a flat, elongated body and with many segments. All the segments bear a single pair of legs which make 15 pairs of legs in total. These centipedes, especially house centipedes, are very common. They can be found in different places; some live outdoors in the dark and damp, while some prefer indoors. 

If all of a sudden you encounter a centipede in your house crawling out under your sofa, don’t get scared because it’s very natural. They are varied in different colours, but generally, the house centipedes are found in a mixture of grey and yellow colour with dark stripes running through their spine. 

If your house is well maintained with no damp areas, then they are quite rare to find. However, they are mainly found in the basement, or closets or bathrooms, also in sinks etc. The house centipedes are mainly nocturnal, i.e. they can be seen at nights. They mainly prey on other insects. 

Most people think that the house centipedes benefit them by killing other unwanted insects, for example, spiders, flies etc. But to avoid the bigger problem, you need to prevent these centipedes. The ways how you can get rid of the house centipedes are given below. 

10 Ways to Eliminate the Centipedes from your house  

The house centipedes don’t really build a nest, and they can be found hiding in dark and damp places. The ways you can get rid of them are listed below. There are many ways, but few of them are only effective, so to eliminate the hassle, here are the 10 best methods.

  1. Solve the water problems

The first things that we need to do to prevent them are to solve the water issues. House centipedes are attracted towards those areas that are dark and damped. If you have any leakage in the bathroom or the kitchen, solve it as soon as possible. 

If you don’t take care to resolve the problem, it might be possible to become their ideal place. You can call any plumber to fix it, to make it less attractive for the centipedes. This solution can fix your problem and prevent the house centipedes from your house. Or, you can also seek help from Pest Control Dubai for immediate results.

  1. Eliminate other pests

You need to make sure that you have eliminated other pests. As already mentioned, the centipedes feed on other pests, so get rid of them as soon as possible. Further, it can also be possible that the other pest might invite the centipedes. So, doing this might help you to get rid of the house centipedes. 

  1. Regular cleaning 

Maintain a habit of cleaning your house every day. It is very important to do that to make sure that your house is pest-free. If your house is untidy, then it might invite the centipedes. You can start vacuuming from the corners. Also, by using a high-powered cleaner, you can get rid of all the centipedes trying to hide. Moreover, you need to be sure that you have thrown the waste so that the centipedes don’t come back again.


  1. Use a chemical cleaner to clean 

Many chemical cleaners are quite effective and will help you to get rid of centipedes. Some homemade remedies can help you out as well. Start from the places that are already dampened. This will make the centipedes visible, and you can take action accordingly. And, it will also help you get rid of the unwanted pests that the centipede feeds on. 

  1. Maintain the humidity

To avoid house centipedes, you need to maintain the humidity of the house. The centipedes mainly live in those places where the humidity is more. It makes an ideal place for them to hide. You can use an air dehumidifier to maintain the humidity and reduce the moisture in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, etc. 

The air dehumidifier can be used both for industrial and household purposes. Basically, it pulls the moisture in and passes through a cooling coil, which results in the release of dry and warm air to the room. You can also adjust the air temperature; it can be a great way to prevent centipedes.

  1. Entrance points must be sealed

By closing the entrance points, you can stop the centipedes from entering your house. If you see any cracks in the wall or gap on the door, cover it up to avoid the pest entering. You can also apply weather stripping on the outer surface of the door. This might look very simple and easy but it’s very effective. Not only centipedes can be avoided by this method but also other unwanted pests on which centipede feeds. 

  1. Use cayenne pepper

This is a natural way to eliminate the centipedes from your house. You have to spread a thin layer of cayenne pepper both inside and outside the entrance. It can be a little risky as it is not at all good for the other animals. If you have pets, then make sure that they stay away from the cayenne pepper. 

  1. Use diatomaceous earth

This is a natural centipede killer. Most people use diatomaceous earth to protect their houses from centipedes. It is easily available in the market, and you can use this by sprinkling it around the perimeter of your house. Moreover, it acts as a barrier and is indeed very effective. Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth over those places where you think the centipedes can hide. 

  1. Use boric acid 

Just like diatomaceous earth, boric acid is also used to kill the centipedes. You just need to buy the pure boric form from the market. Sprinkle it around your house, and it also works as a natural pesticide and is used mainly to kill centipedes. Unlike others, it is not that harmful to humans or other pests. It has been proved to be safe, but you are also advised to dispose of the dead centipedes as soon as possible. 

  1. Use peppermint oil

Peppermint oil produces a scent of fresh peppermint that is very effective to kill the centipedes. You can buy the oil from the market or try a homemade version of the oil. It is so strong that it can burn the centipedes. 

Peppermint is just a mixture of peppermint oil and water, one cup of oil with 12 drops of peppermint oil. You need to mix them in the proper quantity, or else it might not work. Put the mixture in the bottle and spray them where you can find the centipedes. You can also soak the peppermint oil in a cloth and use the cloth in those places. Further, don't forget to spray the peppermint oil in your room, in the kitchen and the bathroom. 


So, these are some simple yet effective ways to get rid of centipedes. You can also take help from a professional pesticide cleaner if you notice an excessive amount of centipede in your house. To avoid any health issues, it is your duty to act fast and take accurate measures.

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