House centipedes, also known as Scutigera coleoptrata, have been plaguing the gardens throughout the US. And even the cold northern states aren’t free from this scourge. Centipedes regularly find shelter under the plant pots and other objects. They leave the resting place to prey for the insects during the nighttime.
The vermin avoid water since they lack a talent for swimming. However, sometimes they may end up drowned in a swimming pool. It is most likely they’ll be dead by the time you find them floating in the pool.
If you notice that centipede infestation of your swimming pool occurs way too often, then you have to inspect the territory around your house thoroughly. The pest nest can be spotted in a dark and muggy place of your garden/lawn.
To oust them from your property you can resort to the following means:
- Sticky traps – place those around the nest and later collect your “catch” to dispose of it.
- Borax – a natural deterrent to a whole variety of pests. Sprinkled around the house/nest, it will force house centipedes into migrating.
- Diatomaceous earth – harmless to humans but deadly to arthropods and insects. Just secure the infested area with it.
- Pesticides – Use only those that are made of natural ingredients nontoxic to humans and domestic pets. Mint and essential oils are the best – centipedes cannot tolerate their smell.
- Another crucial thing to do to reconquer you “turf” is destroying the centipede nests and securing places where they may move to. Locate and remove excessive foliage, chunks of wood and trash.
- Dry up the moisty areas to make them flee for good. For that purpose, you can apply a humidifier or a heat gun.
How to get rid of centipedes in the swimming pool?
Follow these simple steps:
- Inspect the swimming pool every day and remove the pests using a net.
- Avoid any physical contact with house centipedes because they are mildly poisonous. In some cases, a centipede bite may cause an allergic reaction.
- Destroy the vermin hideouts that can be located on your lawn/in your garden. They can be found under a pile of foliage, stones, tree sticks, compost, etc.
- Have the wet areas on your turf dried up.
- Don’t panic if you get bitten by a centipede – their poison isn’t deadly at all.
- Use a swimming pool net and rubber gloves when removing the pests.
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