How to Get Rid of Centipedes & Other Occasional Insect Pest Invaders in Thousand Oaks, CA
There’s nothing like stepping into the bathroom in the middle of the night, stumbling around to find the light switch only to see a creepy crawly slithering across your floor. A good shriek is usually in order after seeing a sight such as this. Centipedes, millipedes, earwigs, silverfish and other occasional pest invaders all thrive in moist, humid spaces making your bathrooms and basements the perfect environment for them to live. While most of the “occasional invaders” prefer to live outdoors, it is not uncommon for them to attempt to make their way into structures. While they may look grotesque and scary, most of them are harmless to humans. That still doesn’t mean anyone wants them in their home which is understandable. Ventura Pest Control outlines some easy ways to decipher which pest invader has set up shop in your home.
Types of Occasional Pest Invaders
House Centipedes– House Centipedes are not like most other centipedes, they live out most of their lives indoors. They are about 1-1/2 inches in length and are a grayish-yellow color. They sport 3 dark stripes down the length of their bodies and have 15 pairs of legs! Their legs are oddly large for their small body size and they are banded with a darker coloring than their bodies. House Centipedes are most commonly found in the more humid areas of homes including bathrooms, closets and understanding homes. They are mainly nocturnal, coming out under the cover of night to feed on smaller insects and spiders. Can they bite? Yes, they do, but it won’t hurt much and will only slightly swell. There is not much to worry about there. They are actually quite beneficial in keeping insect populations down, but understandably, most people don’t want them in their homes.
Millipedes– These guys look like armored worms with a thousand legs. They prefer to live outdoors under damp, decaying leaf piles but will come indoors if the weather dries out, looking for moisture found in bathrooms and other areas of the home. They are about .5-1.5 inches in length and are a brownish color. They have 2 pairs of legs attached to each body segment. While they may look threatening, they truly are not much to worry about.
Earwigs– These pests may look scary, but they are relatively harmless to humans as well. They are most easily identified by the large forceps like pincers they sport on their back ends. If they feel threatened, yes, they will pinch, but it will only feel like a pinch and the swelling goes away pretty quick. Here in the Southern States, the Striped Earwig is most commonly found in our homes, this species is typically an inch in length and sport pale stripes along their heads and wings. They are attracted to shiny lights. When they feel threatened, they excrete a foul odor which disturbs most people. They breed quickly and live in large populations which make they more difficult to exterminate without the help of professional pest control.
Chinch Bugs– These pests prefer to live outdoors and are common problems for homes with lawns across the South. When they do come indoors, they enter by the hundreds, even thousands making them a real nuisance for Southern homeowners. There are several different species of Chinch bugs that frequent our area. St. Augustine grass has been hit the hardest and has become seriously damaged thanks to these problem pests. When they have the ability to establish themselves in a grassy area, they begin to kill the grass, leaving yellow patches throughout the lawn. They can be a real nuisance when they enter homes as well. These pests are tiny, measuring about 1/8-3/8 inches in length with black and white bodies, and brownish legs.
Occasional Invader Pest Control
Ventura Pest Control offers services that can save your lawn from pesky invaders, as well as your home. Give us a call if you have further questions or would like to schedule a pest inspection for occasional invaders and other pests today.