If you're seeing these disturbing creatures on your walls, in your tub, and crawling around in your basement, you might be wondering what is bringing them into your home. It is a fair question to ask. But the answers to this question are probably not something you want to hear. The reason house centipedes enter homes, and live in homes, is directly connected to other, disturbing issues a home can have. But, we hope you'll see this as a positive. By understanding what brought these creepy bugs into your home, you'll have the knowledge to address several important issues every homeowner should address.
Why Do House Centipedes Come In? Because They Can.
This may seem like a trite answer, but there is more to it than you might think. Over time, a home can be damaged by many things. One of the most common things that damage a home is water. When gutters break or become obstructed, when shaded areas allow rainwater to sit too long, and when leaky spigots cause puddles to form near a foundation, moisture damage can occur. The appearance of centipedes in a home is often a warning sign of water damage. So, you might want to thank them for giving you the heads up.
Why Do House Centipedes Come In? Because There Is Food In Your Home.
When we say food, we're not talking about the food in your cabinets and pantry. Centipedes eat bugs such as silverfish, firebrats, and cockroaches. If you have bugs in your home, centipedes can survive quite well. But before you get bummed out that you have more than just one pest living inside your walls, turn this into a positive. When you address those other bugs, you can reduce, or completely exclude centipedes from your home. In fact, professional pest control that works to exclude overwintering pests, and general bug invaders, also works to seal centipedes out as well.
At All-American Pest Control, we offer year-round home pest service plans that address 47+ household pests common to Nashville and Middle Tennessee homes. If you are in our Middle Tennessee service area, let's talk. At All-American Pest Control, we help our customers understand the threat that pests can pose, and offer effective solutions to safeguard property and protect health. We look forward to serving you.