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Old 06-07-2010, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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So I'm renting an apartment right now and I have a problem with thousand leggers (house centipedes). Here's a link if you've never seen them.

Scutigera coleoptrata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Right now mt method of getting rid of them is smashing them with whatever I have close. I need a more effective method. I've read up that they usually like damp/wet places which leads me to think they must be coming from the basement and venturing up into the second floor. I'm killing about 5 a week maybe. I've thought about getting some insecticide and putting it all around the foundation of the building in hopes that that will keep them out.

Has anyone ever dealt with these before and if so how did you get rid of them?
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:38 AM
 
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Looks like they would be beneficial to have around the home. At least according to the wikipedia link you provided. I use to see them and leave them alone. However, I'm sure your local hardware/garden shop person would be able to point you out to the appropriate method.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: NJ
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We get a lot of those in our basement. Have you tried using glue boards? Put them in corners and along the base of the walls. They are very cheap and you don't have to spray poisons all over the house.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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I had them in my last place. I live in a 'humid subtropical' climate and I lived across the street from a wooded area so I figured it was inevitable, and completely impossible to be rid of the entirely.

You could try getting a dehumidifier for your basement. Or you could try sprinkling a desicant like Borax powder along baseboards (this is a poison so you can't use it if you have pets). Otherwise, I think just kill the ones you see and pretend the rest don't exist. I know they look really gross, but they are very good for nature, and your house. Having these means you likely won't have other, grosser, pests because the centipedes eat them.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:18 PM
 
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Omg! Mine r getting Huge! Yeah there good for ur house! But y r they always over ur Bed when u see them????? Just give me the Hebiegebies! Can't stand it! There bad in my house..last year didn't see them?? But there back.. I see little babies...or big ****ers!!!! Ugh! And its been dryer this year??? I don't know??? There just Really Gross! And really FAST!!!!_ HELP! LOL
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Centipede information and various methods on how to get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Centipedes
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Looks like they would be beneficial to have around the home. At least according to the wikipedia link you provided. I use to see them and leave them alone. However, I'm sure your local hardware/garden shop person would be able to point you out to the appropriate method.
These are biting-type animals....you are joking............right????

I would try and find out where they are getting in...........go to work with a caulk gun.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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They kill other bad bugs and provide a nutritious snack in a pinch. What is the problem?
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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They kill other bad bugs and provide a nutritious snack in a pinch. What is the problem?

These are huge, attacking-type animals.....sometimes they go for the Jugular.......that is the problem.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: GA
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Wow, interesting as I always thought these were just annoying and gross. But they eat spiders?
I have a few in the basement but the spiders appear to be winning. And they detach their legs if they get trapped? Neat.
Also, not to worry: Bites (stings) are extremely uncommon, and the forcipules of most house centipedes are not strong enough to penetrate human skin.
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