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While centipedes are cool creatures to study in biology or etymology, you don’t want to find them in your home!
If you see a centipede crawling around on your floor, ending the invasion quickly becomes your #1 priority.
Finding centipedes in your sink or bathroom can be even more disturbing!
You can certainly send them spiraling down the toilet for a quick fix, but you need a better long-term solution.
In this article, we’ll explore how to get rid of centipedes in drains.
How to get rid of centipedes in drains
If you’re looking to take care of a centipede problem in your drain, there are a number of options that may prove helpful toward eradicating or addressing this issue.
A few good options include:
- Clean the inside of your drain and sink thoroughly.
While it may seem obvious, a very important step is to keep your drains and pipes as clean as possible!
Wash your sink with detergents often. Also, periodically expose your drains to cleaners such as Draino (though check with an industry professional first, to ensure this is safe for use in your pipes and around your family).
Simply follow the instructions of the package to free your pipes of blockages and buildup.
Monitor your sink for bad odors and strange smells. If you notice either of these things, yoru drains may be clogged.
Use a plunger to purge the drain and remove the blockage. Strong cleaners can also help with buildup and debris in your drains.
Sometimes it may be useful to pour white vinegar down your drain. You can even mix it with baking soda for a bubbling effect.
Here’s a recipe for a homemade drain cleaner that’s effective as well as environmentally friendly.
- Inspect and clean outside drains.
You may not have access to your external drains. But, if you do, thoroughly inspect the area.
Make sure that the external drain is not damaged. Immediately fix any issues that you find.
It’s important that the external drain fits properly and does not have any unnecessary openings.
Centipedes love damp, dark, small spaces like drains.
If they find an opening in your drain, centipedes may be tempted to crawl in and happily welcome themselves to your home!
They can sneak through even the narrowest of cracks.
So, it’s important to caulk a place that bugs could potentially sneak through.
- Check out your pipes and gutters, too!
It’s not enough to simply check the drains. You need to inspect the entire water pathway from the source to the entrance of your home.
Using a powerful flashlight, examine your outer drains, gutters and pipes. Make sure that none of these areas hold stagnant water.
Stagnant water attracts and harbors bugs like centipedes.
You do not want to create a hospitable environment for creatures that you are trying to get rid of!
Centipedes are great swimmers, as well as climbers.
While you may think that water will provide a blockage against outside invaders, sometimes, water can actually be a carrier for unwanted pests.
If your pipes, gutters, or drains hold water, centipedes are able to swim into your home!
Fix any issues with such areas immediately.
- Clean up around the house
As we mentioned earlier, centipedes like cool, damp spaces. Areas like this are often found around the outside of your home.
If centipedes build a nest in close proximity to your drains, there is a higher likelihood that they will wander inside.
One of the best remedies is to keep centipedes away from your home.
By cleaning up around your home’s perimeter, you take away centipedes’ safe havens.
Leaves and the buildup of debris often house centipedes and other bugs.
While it’s not practical to remove every leaf as soon as it drops, practice good cleaning habits and remove excessive buildup.
Thoroughly remove leaves from gutters at least once a year.
Give your driveway a good sweep every once in a while, and make sure that leaves do not block your drains.
Check to see if you have any potted plants close to your outside walls.
Do you often find centipedes near them?
If so, consider moving them to a location further from your home.
Along the same lines, eliminate any gardening materials that may be lying around near your home.
While the back of the home is often a prime staging area for gardeners, loose pots, soil and equipment can quickly become a breeding ground for centipedes.
Even objects as harmless as children’s toys provide harbor for centipedes.
It’s best to keep the area around your home tidy to prevent centipedes from burrowing in.
If possible, store outside tools and toys in sealed boxes in your garage.
In cases where you may not have access to a garage, keep the perimeter of your home free from clutter.
- Inspect and repair damaged floorboards and hardware.
Sometimes bugs may invade due to crumbling infrastructure.
If there is an issue that has allowed centipedes to enter your home, chances are that there may be more serious issues as well!
You may have a broken or leaky pipe which can lead to water damage.
Investigate this by checking the areas around your sink and pipes for damage.
Make sure that there are no water stains on flooring, cabinets, baseboards, or cabinets that may be affected.
Look for rotting wood and sagging panels.
If you find any of these hazards, fix them immediately.
You may even want to replace some of the surrounding material that appears to be undamaged.
Remember, keeping centipedes from infiltrating your home is far easier than removing them after the fact.
If you follow the above helpful tips, you will be well on your way to getting rid of centipedes.
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