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 Post subject: Centipede in my home!!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:24 pm 
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I just moved into a ground floor in Po Wah Yuen, I love nature, but...an hour ago I just saw a centipede in my kitchen sink during lunch time (yuck!). I know centipede is a creature of much discussion in this forum, but can anyone share more tips to help me to get rid of (or at least reduce) these AWFUL things???? So far I have (this might be a useful list for others facing similar problems as summer approaches):

1. Screened all the windows and doors
2. Plugged all the holes in the kitchen and bathroom (sometimes I can't be bothered, and even when I do I only plug them at night [aren't they supposed to be nocturnal?]. But I just saw one crawled out of my kitchen drain in the middle of the day. I can't have the drains plugged all the times.)
3. Put up a mosquito net over my bed which I try to keep closed at all times.
4. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth in the house

I haven't poured bleach or boiling water down the drain yet. Maybe that's the trick?

Any more ideas? I can't use anything toxic (baby in the house) and can't make modifications to the drains etc. since I'm renting.

Ah, why are there so many centipedes on Lamma?!?!



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:49 pm 
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Drains: you can put fine mesh screens on them, steel mosquito screening is good. You'll have to clean the gunge that accumulates off them occasionally, but it keeps the snakes and centipedes out.

Also look outside for where the drain ends. if it's accessible you could spray some insecticide around there.

Burning mosquito coils seems to help as well.
You can seal up a room and fumigate it for a few hours ion the daytime if you don't like to use them when you're there.

Shake out your bedding before you retire. The big red centipedes like to snuggle up and hide in blankets and quilts. They live in leaf litter normally.

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I haven't poured bleach or boiling water down the drain yet. Maybe that's the trick?


Not really, will only get those that happen to be in it at that moment.

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Ah, why are there so many centipedes on Lamma?!?!

The price you pay for living in the countryside.


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Thanks Alan! Very useful tips.

I totally suck at these sorts of things. So pardon me if it's a stupid question--where do you put the mesh screens in the drains? Can you tell me exactly? I'd appreciate your help SO MUCH.


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草民 wrote:
Thanks Alan! Very useful tips.

I totally suck at these sorts of things. So pardon me if it's a stupid question--where do you put the mesh screens in the drains? Can you tell me exactly? I'd appreciate your help SO MUCH.


Depends, wherever there is a water drain out through the floor or wall.There is probably a grill over it already, but if it leaves enough space for a centipede to get through, you need to cover it with mesh that will stop them. The finer mesh will catch gunge -- hair, etc -- and clog up more often, so you have to keep an eye on it and wipe it clean.

We were in an old farmhouse with an open drain from the bathroom through the wall, not just centipedes but snakes came in that until I blocked it.


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