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Natural Remedies for Centipedes

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on January 21, 2017


Bugs, including insects and arachnids, are some of the greatest fears of a lot of people. These creepy and crawly creatures create intense phobias for people, even if the bugs that they happen to be afraid of are generally harmless.

Of all of the bugs and the insects that are out there, some of the most intimidating and terrifying looking are the big ones with a lot of legs, like millipedes and centipedes. If you haven’t seen a millipede or a centipede before, you are in for a real treat. These are long critters with tons of legs that can look absolutely terrifying, but the good news is that they typically don't harm humans beyond the fear and psychological damage of encountering one in person.

That said, these bugs CAN bite you and they can puncture skin with their legs, causing redness and blisters. Their bite contains venom that can be painful, but most symptoms disappear within 48 hours and few people are sensitive enough to the venom to cause any serious harm.

Just in case you are living in an area that could be infested with either of these leggy bugs, we are going to look at some natural remedies for keeping centipedes and millipedes away from your home.

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Just in case you aren’t familiar with them, let’s take a look at millipedes and centipedes.


Centipedes are carnivorous insects that feed on other insects. They are hunters of the night that track down smaller insects, earthworms, and snails. They have giant fangs that they use to inject venom into their prey so that they can eat them. They are known as hundred-leggers, because they have a ton of legs which they can use to move them around very quickly. So just know that if you see a centipede and try to catch it, it will probably run away really quickly. Centipedes are poisonous, but the good news is that their fangs are far too small and their venom is too weak to inflict harm on humans.


Millipedes on the other hand, look like giant caterpillars and appear to have thousands of tiny legs. Millipedes are much slower moving than centipedes, and are actually not carnivores. These long, tubular insects actually feed on molds and decaying organic matter, so you don’t really have to worry about them biting you. Which brings us to our next point, millipedes are venomous as well, but their chompers are far too small to inflict any kind of pain or damage on humans.

Now that you have a little overview of centipedes and millipedes, let’s talk about some natural ways that you can make sure that you can keep them out of your home.

Natural Remedies for Getting Rid of Centipedes

The first thing that you need to know about millipedes and centipedes is that they love darkness, moisture, and humidity, so the more that you can fix these around your house, the less likely you will have an infestation.

1) Seal Up the Cracks

One thing that you will want to make sure to do is to make sure that you have all of the possible places around your home sealed, as well as you can. Make sure that you have as many holes and cracks around your home filled up as much as you can. Make sure to check in your floorboards, windows, attic, basement, and around your ventilation for any places that you can seal or caulk.

2) Use a Dehumidifier

Since these bugs really like humidity, the more you can decrease the amount of water in the air in your home, the less attracted they are going to be toward moving inside your house. Get small dehumidifiers and place them in the warmest or the most humid rooms in your house. By drawing that moisture out of the air, you are going to make those bugs a lot less inclined to move in your house.

3) Ventilate your Home

Making sure that you ventilate the dark and damp spaces in your home like basements and crawl spaces. Make sure that those hard to get places have some room to breathe so that they don’t get a massive concentration of humidity and moisture in those areas, and attract those insects.

4) Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great way to get rid of insects in your home is to use essential oils. You can use essential oil diffusers in the rooms of your house that are the most prone to dampness, darkness, and humidity, you can greatly reduce the chances of getting a centipede or millipede infestation in your home, as long as you use the right essential oils. Spearmint and peppermint are both powerful enough to help you keep these migrant bugs out of your home.

Use an essential oil diffuser with a couple of drops of either or both essential oils in your diffuser, or simply put a couple of drops of the oil of your choice on a cloth, napkin, or paper towel and put them near the holes or openings that you suspect the insects may be coming from. You can also spray cedar oil in any suspect areas, as cedar oil kills and repels a wide variety of insects. 

Wrapping Up

Using any of the above methods are going to dramatically reduce your risk of having millipedes and centipedes moving into your home.

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About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.


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