Posted by May on 14:38:36 2/21/2012 from 18.104.22.168:
We had a significant problem with centipedes in our house last year - we have lived in our house for over 20 years, during that time we saw the occasional centipede but nothing like last year. I suspect that it might have had to do with specific environmental conditions (like the massive ladybug explosion we had a few years ago) - I know that we broke our all time yearly rainfall record in NJ in 2011. Hopefully the centipede problem won't repeat itself this year.
The centipedes in question do look like the ones I see described as house centipedes, but they live outside- my husband has a wood pile down at the bottom of our back yard (far from the house), and they live there as well. We have a finished basement, and the beds surrounding the house are lightly mulched. We used to have a foundation planting of bushes along the front of our house. Last year, partly in response to the bug issue, we cut down all the bushes in the beds. There was actually a snake living in the bushes outside my son’s room – yikes! – it had turned into a mini-jungle. That dried out the front of the house and really cut down on the centipedes. We’ve decided to rethink our landscaping and relocate some new plantings away from the foundation of our house.
We have seen no centipedes in the house since the weather got cold last fall. My disabled son who lives in our basement is very uncomfortable around centipedes and is in a bit of a paranoid panic about their potential return as spring arrives.
At his insistence we scheduled a visit with someone from Cooper Pest Control (we live in northern Somerset County). They said it's too soon to do anything now and gave us a quote for a one-time centipede treatment that they said would be guaranteed for 60 or 90 days – I think it was for around $250. I am not clear if they were just going to treat the exterior or do something inside the house. They did not go inside the house during their visit.
Both my husband and I are very handy and are accustomed to taking care of this kind of problem ourselves – he is actually a CPM (certified property manager) and managed residential/industrial properties for 17 years.
I am personally inclined to take a wait and see approach, but we need some concrete way of reassuring my son that if the problem recurs we will take care of it. Can you let us know your thoughts about this? Thanks very much for your help.
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