The house centipede is not one of the worst pests in terms of health hazard or danger to the property. For these problems, the common cockroaches, bed bugs or termites cause considerably more damage both to people and properties. |
If you experience the sight of a centipede once in a while, say once or twice a year, you may not have a infestation but you may want to prevent the little monster from creeping in by treating the perimeter of the house using insecticides or boric acid.
Boric acid is commonly used to kill all household pests that trample upon it. It works by dehydrating the unsuspecting victims slowly but surely and is not overly toxic to humans.
In fact, the house centipede is a top invertebrate predator feeding on these very obnoxious bugs. However, even though it has a positive side in killing these other unwelcome pests, there is one reason why any home owner may want to get rid of them completely once they experienced the sight of even just one of them.
The common house centipede scientific name is Scutigera Coleoptrata. It is original of the Mediterranean area but has spread in most parts of the world through transportation. It is 1 to 2 inches long and develops is 9 molting stages, 6 immature and 3 adult stages. The house centipede is not borne with a full set of legs but just 4. At each subsequent molting it adds 1 or 2 pair of legs until adulthood.
It prefers compost piles, wood stacks and rocks and reproduces at spring time coming out of its hiding places, only to retreat at the fall when temperature drops. Because it seeks warmer, humid places for winter it may settle into the dump areas of the house if he gets chance to get in through wall cracks, window gaps or climbing vines. Once inside it ill stay there and multiply if it has no reason to leave, that is food and water.
Food comes as kitchen leftovers and natural preys like ants, termites, bedbugs and even cockroaches. So the bottom line is if you frequently see house centipedes in the night running across the floor it is because there is another bug infestation on which they feed on. With this two basic requirements for the centipede to live on, you are well on the road to succeed in eradicating it.
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