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Getting rid of centipedes?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by emt1581, May 28, 2012.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    We have a ton of centipedes down our basement. Now growing up we had the occasional one or two but now they are everywhere. There has to be a hundred of them down there. These are just standard house centipedes.

    At the same time we have a 1 year old, so I don't want to put chemicals around the house.

    Any ideas on how to get rid of them?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  2. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Install a badger. They eat 'em.

    It seems centipedes like to eat other pests and can be just as useful as spiders by controlling their populations.

    Barring that sticky traps will gather them up.
     

  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    That's an idea.

    So what...like the ones for mice?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  4. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt

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    I hate centipedes!! My sister actually has a phobia, I think. She starts screaming and is liable to jump out an open window, even a few floors up, if she sees one charging.

    The only thing I have heard works is a routine of chemical warfare. Shock and Awe, is the only way.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    You say that they are in the basement, yes?

    If so, they're coming because of the moisture.

    1st problem = moisture. IMHO, you need a dehumidifier or your problems will be greater than centipedes. (Mold.)

    Simply get a home barrier spray and spray around the foundation and then around the baseboards and you should be good to go.
     
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    We see them occassionally in our basement. We spray Home Defense every couple to three months or more often if we start seeing lots of them frequently. If we stay on top of it, the only ones I see are dead ones.
     
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    When we built our house, the following summer after we
    moved in, we swore we'd build our house over the gateway
    to hell! I would sweep shovel full after shovel full of them
    out of the garage every morning and take them out in the
    drive and burn them. Lord it stunk. Park the car outside and
    when you moved it you't swear it was parked over a moving
    carpet. Millions of the little disease ridden vermin were
    every where. I sprayed poison by the gallons daily. Just
    seemed to feed them. Our home stunk like a charnel house
    from the millions of dead centipedes ringing the house in a
    footwide strip, 2 to 3 inches deep. We were jokingly talking
    about burning the house down to kill them.
    Finally, I was at the Farmers Coop
    getting more Chloridane (before the tree huggers got it
    banned) and the manager asked me what I was doing with
    all that poison. I told him and he said "Quick Lime". Said the
    quick lime will do 3 things: 1. It'll greatly reduce the stench,
    2. It'll prevent them from climbing up the wall and form a
    barrier around the house that will kill them if they try to cross
    thru it (burns them up) and 3. It'll do wonders for your grass
    :) as well as take care of my problem naturally without all
    the poison.
    I tried it and he was right. I spread it all over the millions of
    dead and it immediately helped with the stench and speeded
    up the decomposition of the dead a 100 fold. It prevented
    them from getting into the house. I spread it over the lawn
    all around the house and it killed any of them the crawled
    thru it as well and made my lawn very green and healthy.
    I feel for you and your family. Been there done that and any
    time we see an increase in centipede population, we go to
    the Coop and get a 1/2 ton of quick lime and it cures the
    problem.
    You can spread the quick lime in the basement and vacuum
    it up later. I'd spread it thick up against the wall of the house
    to prevent them getting in. That's what I'd do.
    Dano :harley:
     
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    Drain You NRA member

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    Killing centipedes costs too many quarters.
     
  10. emt1581

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    Quick lime eh? Lime is cheap. I could buy a few bags and spread the powder around the outside to form a barrier. Plus inside the glue traps would hopefully work.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
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    costanza187 I like Macs

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    Paul53 Installing SKYNET daily.

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    What goes 99 thump, 99 thump, 99 thump? A centipede with a wooden leg!
     
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    M&P Shooter Metal Member

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRSvTFofLjA"]centipede arcade game play - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    The moisture is the root problem. We get 'em every spring around our place. As soon as the ground dries out they're gone. You've got a moisture problem somewhere.
     
  15. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    When we first got married we lived in an apartment. Never seen them before (or thankfully since). 10:30pm or so they'd sneak up the openings in the floors where the heat pipes came up. EEEK! I hated those things! 3-4" long and FAST!

    We'd spray the baseboards once a month. We'd remember because before the month was out, we'd need to spray again.

    Glad we don't have them now. Yuck.
     
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    They actually eat other bugs, so unless you just really don't like them, I'd keep them around.