Finding insects inside your home is nothing short of terrifying for some people. While ants and spiders are common household insects, there is another insect that makes most of us cringe–house centipedes. They shoot across our floors and under our couches so fast that it makes it nearly impossible to catch them.
The handiest tool when seeing a house centipede is probably a shoe to squash them before they crawl away under another piece of furniture. But unlike most bugs out there, this particular 30-legged bug serves a useful purpose.
House centipedes are known to kill pests inside the house that are even more unwelcome. They help kill roaches, moths, flies, silverfish, and termites. This quick bug uses the two legs near its head, which have been modified to carry venom, and its other legs to scoop up the prey. This is called a “lassoing” technique, as the centipede jumps on its prey and wraps them up with the rest of its legs.
Not only do house centipedes kill other pesky insects you don’t want in your home, but they also don’t create nets or webs that you will have to clean up. They are considered active hunters and are constantly on the lookout for their next prey. Fortunately, these uninvited house guests don’t eat your precious wood floors or carry fatal diseases. House centipedes just want to eat bugs.
However, if you want to get rid of these little critters for good, the trick is to first get rid of what they feed on. Try to get rid of your other household pests first. Do this by eliminating extra moisture in your walls by using dehumidifiers or installing fans in the bathroom. Then seal off any cracks entering the house, so pests don’t have small spaces to squeeze in through or lay eggs in. Also, clear your house of debris that is causing moisture to leak into your walls.
Once you’ve managed to make these changes, you can move on to eliminating household centipedes by using vinegar or other non-toxic methods to drive them away permanently.Related: Hotels and Beg Bugs: How to Stay Pest-Free