If you’re like most people, the sight of a centipede sends shivers down your spine. This creepy crawlies can be found all over the world, and they often make their way into homes as well.
If you’ve ever had one in your bed, you know just how uncomfortable that can be! In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to keep centipedes out of bed and out of your home altogether.
What are Centipedes?
Centipedes are elongated, flattened arthropods with one pair of legs per segment. They are found in a variety of habitats, but most species live in moist environments.
Centipedes are predators and feed on a variety of small invertebrates. Some species have venomous claws that they use to kill their prey. Centipedes can be beneficial in the garden by preying on pests such as cockroaches and silverfish.
There are three main types of centipedes, the house centipede, the jungle centipede, and the desert centipede.
The house centipede is by far the most common and can be found in homes all over the world. These pests are usually between one and five inches long and have fifteen pairs of legs. They are fast runners, and excellent climbers, making them very difficult to catch. House centipedes feed on smaller insects such as silverfish, ants, moths, and cockroaches.
The jungle centipede is the largest type of centipede, growing up to twelve inches in length. These dangerous pests are found in tropical regions around the world and are known to be aggressive. They have a venomous bite and should be avoided at all costs.
The desert centipede is smaller than the jungle centipede but is just as dangerous. These pests are found in arid regions and can grow up to eight inches in length. They have a venomous sting that can cause serious health problems in humans.
Why centipedes in the bedroom?
Centipedes in the bedroom can be a problem because they are predatory insects that feed on other smaller arthropods, including bed bugs.
Centipedes like to live in damp, dark places such as under furniture, behind baseboards, and in closets. If you have centipedes in your home, it’s likely that you also have an infestation of bed bugs, spiders, or other pests.
Centipedes are not harmful to humans, but they can bite if they feel threatened. Their bites are not dangerous, but they can be painful. Plus, their appearance can be alarming, especially if you’re not used to seeing them around.
Steps to take to keep centipedes out of bed:
There are a few simple things you can do to help keep centipedes out of your bed:
- Keep your bedroom clean and free of clutter. Centipedes like to hide in dark, moist places, so removing anything that can provide them with shelter will help discourage them from entering your room.
- Make sure that all of your windows and doors are properly sealed and caulked. Centipedes can easily enter your home if there are any cracks or holes in the seal.
- Regularly vacuum and dust around your bed frame and furniture. This will help remove any centipedes or their eggs that may be lurking in the area.
What to do if a centipede is already in the bed?
If a centipede is already in the bed, the best thing to do is kill it. Squish it, spray it with bug spray, flush it down the toilet–whatever method you choose, make sure it’s dead. Once it’s dead, remove it from the bed and/or bedroom as soon as possible.
Centipedes are creepy and can be dangerous if they bite, so it’s best to take care of them as soon as possible. And remember, if there are any other bugs or pests in your home, get professional help to take care of them. Don’t try to DIY pest control, you could end up making the problem worse.
We hope after reading this, you feel better equipped to keep centipedes out of your bed and home. Remember, cleanliness is key in discouraging these pests. If you do find a centipede in your bed, kill it immediately and dispose of the body.
And as always, if you have any other questions or concerns about pests in your home, contact a professional pest control company. They will be able to help you identify the problem and come up with a plan to get rid of the pests for good.
What other tips do you have for keeping centipedes out of bed? Let us know in the comments below!