Millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, firebrats… these household pests are extremely varied organisms, but they all have one thing in common: most people consider them to be creepy! That’s why the name “creepy crawlies” is often used to describe these unwanted guests.
These home and business invaders are actually not that much of a threat to you or your family. In fact, they often eat other undesirable pests like spiders and flies. Unfortunately, for most people the appearance of these creepy crawlies is just unbearable.
The last thing you want to experience in your home or business is a face to face encounter with any of these bugs – especially at night in a dark, damp basement!
These crawling pests (not all of them are technically insects) are mostly nocturnal, so you might not see them very often. Which is probably for the better, since many people just can’t handle their appearance and might even get freaked out just thinking about them.
Aside from being nocturnal and predatory towards other bugs, what else do these creepy crawlies have in common?
- They are fast-moving
- They are excellent at hiding
- They crave moist environments
Fortunately, infestations with high numbers of centipedes, millipedes, silverfish or firebrats are not common. In any case, their numbers can be difficult to measure indoors.
How to Keep Creepy Crawlies Out
There are two main courses of action you can take to prevent these creepy crawlers from entering your home or business. These are fairly reliable tactics that can have a huge impact on these pests’ population in your space.
First of all, seal and maintain any entryways they might use to get inside. Repair screens, fix pipes and faucets, and so on. Make sure your weather stripping is still intact; seal crevices and openings around doors, windows and foundations.
The second thing you can do is make your home and business unfavourable to the creepy crawlies. Remember, they love moisture! Ensure your space is as dry as possible and eliminate open sources of water like dripping pipes, drains, or faucets. Investing in de-humidifiers is a good idea.
The best time to do this is during late fall, when temperatures start to cool down and these bugs begin looking for warm places to hide. If you don’t secure and prepare your home by winter, you’re going to be dealing with them throughout the colder months – and that’s no fun.
Remember, these invaders do more psychological harm than anything else. They don’t really pose any serious health risks and they don’t generally damage your property. However, it’s understandable that you don’t want them in your home or business, so all you need to do is be prepared!
For more information on these types of household pests, consult a trained pest removal expert in your area. They will have more tips and tricks that will help you prepare your home or business and successfully eliminate any unwanted intruders. Good luck!