As the Georgia summer gets hotter, pests that typically don’t see the light of day begin seeking the cool darkness of cellars and crawl spaces. If you’ve discovered only a handful of centipedes and millipedes this summer, count yourself lucky; it’s not uncommon to unearth hundreds of these pests at once. Here’s what you need to know to keep centipedes and millipedes out of the house this summer.
Centipedes and Millipedes in Georgia
Millipedes typically live outside in damp places, scurrying around areas like flowerbeds and trash heaps. You can also find them hiding away from the summer sun in structures like dog houses, garden sheds, and infrequently used entertaining areas. While millipedes eat wood and plant material, centipedes feast on soft-bodied insects, spiders, and worms. Centipedes don’t roam during daylight, but they have no qualms about seeking shelter as an uninvited house guest. When driven indoors, centipedes and millipedes gather in basements and crawl spaces–anywhere where it’s cool and damp. You may also find centipedes around bathrooms and in closets. Unless you spot one of these insects in your home, you’ll find no signs of a centipede or millipede infestation.
How to Prevent a Centipede or Millipede Infestation
So how can you protect your home from these pests?
- Dry wet spots in your home
- Remove any moss or mold growing on or near your house
- Turn mulch periodically to keep the area dry
- Keep your lawn mowed
- Prevent thatch buildup in your yard
- Remove any piles of dead leaves or clumps of cut grass
Have you noticed a summer pest infestation? Call Progressive Pest Control for fast, quality pest control in Northeast Atlanta.