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Pest Education: Centipedes in Ontario

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Monday, December 26, 2022 by Greeny’s Pest Control Inc.

Centipede against white backdrop
Centipede against white backdrop

While centipedes are generally beneficial insects that help to control pest populations in gardens and homes, they can sometimes become pests themselves. In Ontario, the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) is the most common species of centipede that can become a nuisance in homes.

One of the main reasons why house centipedes can become pests is their habit of living indoors. These insects are attracted to damp, dark environments and are commonly found in basements, bathrooms, and other areas with high humidity. While they do not cause any damage to structures or belongings, their presence can be unsettling for some people.

Another reason why house centipedes can become pests is their ability to reproduce quickly. These insects lay eggs in moist soil or other damp environments, and a single female can lay up to 60 eggs at a time. If conditions are favourable, a house centipede population can quickly grow out of control.

If you are dealing with a house centipede infestation, there are a few steps you can take to control their population. One of the most effective methods is to reduce moisture levels in your home. Fixing any plumbing leaks, using a dehumidifier, and keeping gutters clean can help to eliminate the damp, humid environments that house centipedes are attracted to.

Another way to control house centipedes is to reduce the number of other pests that they feed on. This can be achieved by keeping food stored in sealed containers, regularly cleaning up spills and crumbs, and disposing of trash regularly. This will make your home less attractive to house centipedes and other pests.

In addition to these preventive measures, there are also several chemical control methods that can be used to get rid of house centipedes. Insecticides containing pyrethrin or pyrethroids are effective at killing centipedes and can be applied as a spray or dust. It is important to follow the instructions on the label carefully and take any necessary precautions when using these products.

If you are unable to control a house centipede infestation on your own, it may be necessary to seek the help of a professional pest control company. These companies have the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively eliminate house centipedes and other pests from your home.

In conclusion, while centipedes are generally beneficial insects, they can become pests if their population grows out of control. To prevent or control a house centipede infestation in your home, it is important to reduce moisture levels, control other pest populations, and use chemical control methods if necessary. If you are unable to control the infestation on your own, it may be necessary to seek the help of a professional pest control company.

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