Comment on House Centipede – Scutigera coleoptrata by MisterUppity.

House Centipede - Scutigera ColeoptrataI consider myself a bug-lover but centipedes come straight from hell. Demon-bugs! Seeing one of these creepy buggers swimming in my bath some years back was the last straw for me (must have dropped from the ceiling into the bath water). Since then, it’s been WW3 in my house. I find they are quite predictable in their nightly routines – favouring particular walls, ceilings, rooms, etc. I perform periodic nightly scans before bed (and again if I wake up) and whack anything I see. If you can’t get to one with a fly swatter, a mixture of soap and water in a spray bottle works really well. Either douse them or spritz them just enough to make them move to a better whacking spot! Every now and again, I’ll find babies for weeks on end. The babies are tiny and virtually colourless which makes spotting them difficult. Turning on a light and using a flashlight to illuminate walls and ceilings will help you see them better. I’ve seen babies as small as a 2 millimeters (or — in size).
I’m so obsessed with eradicating these creepies from my life that I’ve taken to going outside at night to search for them on the exterior walls of my house. In the summer months, I can usually find up to 8 creepies on one small wall. It has helped keep their numbers down but I wish someone would invent a device or method to keep these things out of my house, for good. I would love to know how to locate their eggs to eradicate them in greater numbers. Thanks for all the info. Great site.

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