The season of lawn care and gardening has begun, and as the days become warmer, you'll be tempted to leave your windows and doors open more frequently. But that also increases the possibility that more pests can enter your home.
Since most insects and rodents stay outside, particularly during the warm seasons, the best place to eliminate breeding spots is outdoors. One of the insects you don't want to find crawling around your house is the centipede, which can cause pain and swelling if you're unlucky enough to get bitten by one.
Centipedes may enter your home through any dark cracks or crevices that haven't been sealed off. To practice better pest control, fill in holes and caulk openings around pipes and cables that go into the house.
If there's water around the foundation, it could be the result of rain gutters that aren't positioned properly so that water runs off away from the home. That's easy to fix by facing gutters away from the structure.
Piles of mulch or dead leaves that collect near the house can also get wet during rainstorms and attract centipedes, which will find a way into the house if there's even the smallest crack in the foundation. By clearing away this debris, or replenishing the mulch so that water doesn't puddle around it, you can reduce the incidence of centipedes crawling near your home.
Reducing indoor pests
Going in and out of the house often in spring and summer also gives pests more opportunity to get indoors. Just holding a door open may be enough to allow in moths and mosquitoes that circle outdoor lights and other pests that you may not notice right away, including centipedes. But once inside, it's sometimes difficult to get rid of some insects, and you may have to call a pest control service like Abell Pest Control to solve the problem and advise you on how to prevent repeating it.
Just as centipedes live in wet areas outdoors, they gravitate to damp sections of your home like the basement. In humid weather, moisture will linger in the air and seep into basement walls, floors and any materials that absorb dampness quickly.
A dehumidifier can reduce moisture in the air and eliminate a sticky feeling indoors, but if a more serious leakage problem is occurring, you may have to seek help from a contractor. In any case, eliminating the conditions that draw centipedes will reduce the possibility of an infestation.