What are these things? How many of them are there, and why are they in my house? These are but a sample of the questions that go by a homeowners mind when they see these creepy little bugs. Those things, those nasty, hairy, little, creepy looking things that can climb walls AND ceilings are known as house centipedes. That’s right house centipedes. They only come out twice a year and the reason that they come out well…we’ll discuss that later. For now, let’s talk about some of the best ways to kill them.
There are many ways to kill them. You can just use the old boot and squish them every time you see one. But these things have a very high reproduction rate! For every 1 house centipede you see, there are at the minimum 150 that you don’t see! So you can squish all day long and you nevertheless won’t make a dent in their population! But there are some other ways to kill them.
You could use boric acid. Boric acid has been used for generations as the insecticide of choice. It’s safe for use around us humans and it kills a wide variety of insects including: ants, cockroaches, termites, and bedbugs! You can also use boric acid to dry up wet spots. Those same wet spots that the house centipede likes to hang out in.
Boric acid, unlike other insecticides, has to be prepared. You can’t just buy a bottle and then throw it on the floor. The insects won’t go near it in it’s current form. You have to mix it with sugar and water to make it alluring to them.
You can hire an exterminator. This will probably be your best bet. The exterminator will be able to get rid of your centipede problem, and then some! It might take more than one trip to do it, but if anyone can get it done, it’s the exterminator!