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Old 07-11-2011, 02:43 PM
 
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Hey guys!

We just recently moved here to Cincinnati from Vermont... and found our house infested with nasty house centipedes... Is that an Ohio/midwest problem or is it an isolated case you think?
If others have had that problem, what have you done about it?
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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I have lived in places where these freaky-looking bugs exist, but not in an infestation per se.
My understanding is that they usually feed on other small insects, so you need to check out what else is living in your house that is attracting the house centipedes. Get rid of those and you will stop the house centipedes. Also fill in gaps in the home (like holes in masonry) where they can enter and reduce moisture.

Good luck. I hate those things. If it were me I would call an exterminator that offers a guarantee so that if 2 months down the line I saw another one I could call them back and say get your hiney over here because the satanic insect is back!!
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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The word I get is a real infestation is uncommon, and usually attracted to a high moisture level in the home. If you believe you have a true infestation, call an exterminator as they should make short work of them. Otherwise, if your furnace does not have a working dehumidifer get one, and a few doses of long lasting bug spray should get rid of them.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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thanks guys!
it is an infestation... i guess it's uncommon around here. we called a pest control service, and they say they're getting lots of calls these days due to the high humidity.
we catch a few centipedes everyday--mainly in our bedroom and bathrooms. pretty nasty looking things.
the pest control service we'll be going with has a 45-day warranty so we can call them again if one shows up again later.. hope not!
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:37 PM
 
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Yikes!

Centipedes are the most intimidating insects around, in my opinion. I remember seeing one in my shower one morning when I lived in Pleasant Ridge - this was at least 6 or 7 years ago - and I can't get that image out of my mind. The thing was strangely round and about the size of a CD ... it still creeps me out.

Rest assured that indoor centipedes are not all that common around here. I haven't seen a single one since I moved back last fall. There must be some reason you're experiencing them in high numbers. Is your home old?

I would think that proper extermination would eliminate the problem entirely and you'd forget they even exist (except for the ugly memories that never seem to go away!).
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:49 AM
 
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While disgusting, centipedes are your friend. Like mantis' lady bugs, etc. they feed on insects and insect larvae and even some more destructive creatures like termites, etc. If you dry up the house and kill off the larvae, the centipedes will disappear. They are easily killed by chemical control, but why? The chemicals will kill your cat or dog and may not be all that good for you either. Control the food supply and they will disappear.

Please note, we do not have the Vermont State Bird (the hideous biting black fly). You have to be happy about that.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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house centipedes are common and have been in my life growing up in northern ohio and moving back to Cincinnati. but seeing multiple centipedes per day is not normal. i see maybe one per month, nearly always in the basement - our basement is finished, so i spend quite a bit of time down there. they like to do scary things like jump out of drawers. and damn if they are the fastest running bugs on earth.

i have a truce with centipedes and spiders. neither get squashed. i may put the spiders in the garden, the centipedes i leave alone. ants are another story. get near the house and the colony gets the boiling water treatment.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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house centipedes are common and have been in my life growing up in northern ohio and moving back to Cincinnati. but seeing multiple centipedes per day is not normal. i see maybe one per month, nearly always in the basement - our basement is finished, so i spend quite a bit of time down there. they like to do scary things like jump out of drawers. and damn if they are the fastest running bugs on earth.

i have a truce with centipedes and spiders. neither get squashed. i may put the spiders in the garden, the centipedes i leave alone. ants are another story. get near the house and the colony gets the boiling water treatment.
Windex is a good product to use on bugs. It is harmless to humans, does not stain the surface (unlike bug spray or even worse a squashed bug) and dries quickly leaving a bug corpse that will blow away or be dragged off by predators. Try it on flies on the window or ants on the kitchen counter. I'm not so sure about a centipede.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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Echoing kjbrill.....the centipedes can be controlled if you contact an exterminator and run a dehumidifier. That's how my mom and step-dad were able to get rid of them.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Centipedes are harmless. I wouldn't get all worked up about them.

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Windex is a good product to use on bugs.
Mr. Portokalos, is that you? Gets rid of warts, too!
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