Some pests, such as centipedes and millipedes, may seek shelter in your home during fall storms. Centipedes and millipedes live in moist areas, such as the pine straw and mulch around your home’s foundation, but are often displaced by the rain and wind.
Centipedes and millipedes will usually die in a few hours after getting inside because they need moisture to survive. Cleanup is easy – just sweep them up with a vacuum – but if you accidentally step on them, they may stain light-colored carpets or furniture.
They won’t cause major damage, but as many as thousands of millipedes and centipedes may be living in the immediate area around your home, and you don’t want them all coming inside your house.
Centipedes and millipedes are very thin and can enter your house through the cracks around doors and windows. Even the smallest cracks in weather stripping, caulking or the foundation can be entry points.
Check your home for potential entry points around windows and doors if you notice centipedes or millipedes in your home. If you have a professional pest control service, your technician can help identify potential entry points while treating outside your home and recommend steps you can take to resolve these issues.
In addition to sealing cracks and crevasses, a pesticide application around the perimeter of your home is the best way to prevent centipedes and millipedes from getting inside. Apply the treatment where the grass touches the pine straw or mulch, and then do a second application around the foundation.
Over the counter pesticides are available; however, it is best to leave these treatments to a trained professional to ensure the correct product and amount are applied. As with any pesticide, too much can damage your lawn.
Good lawn maintenance is another good way to prevent a centipede or millipede infestation. Remove existing pine straw or mulch before applying a new layer; deep levels of pine straw or mulch provide more space for centipedes or millipedes to live.
If this is a concern, think about adding a 10- to 12-inch barrier of stones or rocks between the pine straw or mulch and your foundation to help keep millipedes and centipedes from traveling into your home.
If you would like to learn more information about centipede or millipede control, please contact Skyline Pest Solutions at 770-844-6440.