If you’re one to squish the insect before catching a good look at it, then you’re not alone. I’ve squashed many “insects” that turned out to be fluff from my knitwear, so, yeh, I get you. I know, I know, insects have a purpose too, blah, blah, but I’d prefer they pursue their purpose in life outside of my home.
Take the house centipedes as an example. Those things aren’t the prettiest things to look at. All those legs sliming their way on walls and ceilings. It’s just not a pretty sight, at least not from where I’m looking.
The thing is, as ugly as they may look and as scary as they may seem, house centipedes are actually really good for the home. Rather than an enemy, the house centipede is our ally. This insect will kill many of the other annoying bugs living in our home.
So yeh, these little bastards are really good for the home. Consider them your personal exterminators. You don’t even need to pay these guys, you just have to resist not squishing them the next time you see them.
They can even do some good outside in your garden or in the front yard. So, if you just can’t handle seeing the things on your walls or on your ceilings, then you can move them outside so they can do their job there. House centipedes love damp and leafy places which means they’ll love their new location.
If you do allow one centipede to run around your home freely, you don’t have to worry about being overrun by them. Unlike ants or cockroaches, these guys don’t enjoy overpopulation. They might just be the anti-social version of their species.
If you’re still not keen on seeing these guys running around your home, then you can do a couple of things to keep them away. You can start by closing any cracks you may have in your walls and floors. That could take a while.