The biking centipede, a useful arthropod
Who's the centipede ?
Latin name : scutigera coleoptrata
Family : scutigéridé
Size : up to 4.5 cm
Location : all housing
Period : all year round
What you need to know about centipede
The centipede, or a thousand-pattes (who actually has only 14 pairs of legs), is not by definition an insect, but a myriapod arthropod. in southern Europe, it lives mainly in nature. in northern Europe, it can only survive in homes or apartments.
Very fast, the centipede have 28 very long legs and a pair of forcipules and measure up to 3 cm (without the legs) to the adult state. the young centipede are born with four pairs of legs and develop the others gradually as they move their mues. the legs of the centipede are particularly long and fragile, especially in the back of the body, but the scutigres are able to regenerate them between each mue. the body is white sometimes yellowish and covered with three long blue, black or grey stripes.
The centipede is considered to be useful as it feeds exclusively invertebrates such as flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and even wasps. Like the other chilopodes, the scutigra breathes using respiratory pores, which it cannot close. If it is exposed to a hot and dry air, or cold, it can very quickly dehydrate and end up dying from desiccation. So the centipede are found outside in wet and fresh habitats, such as the litter of forests, cavities under the stones and strains and galleries of other animals in the soil.
In our homes, it prefers hot and relatively humid places such as the bathroom, garage, cellar or boiler room.
Centipede is normally harmless to humans, but in the event of aggression, it can bite and inject its venom, thus causing an epidermal reaction. So avoid catching them with your hands! the presence of venom makes the bite a little painful, just like a sting of wasp or bees.
Of a rather discreet nature and its lubricating character (future of light) it comes out mainly at night. it can happen to see it in the day too, but it is more rare. Preferably hides in wall cracks, behind furniture, appliances, disjointed folds, radiators, heating sheaths. They wait for the night to fall out of their hiding place and hunt insects in the house.
How to eliminate the centipede ?
If you have centipede, you have insects (their food). The best way to eliminate them will be to eliminate insects from your home. But think twice! Centipede is an excellent natural insecticide. She's cleaning insects instead of you, and all that without a product !
The centipede feed on blabs, flies and spiders in the houses and gardens. So they are very useful.
If you have too much, you can use a jar or a small box to capture and put them out. They will be welcome to your garden for example.
If you are phobic and their presence unbear you, you can sprinkle all infested places or passage with our diatomaceous earth. for action in the smallest corners, small holes and interstices difficult to access, prefer the spray diatom in the form of aerosol.
And in the field of fumigation fogger habitat Biovétol Give good results on this type of insect. insecticide based on plant-based assets (pyrethre + géraniol) for the background treatment of habitat. very volatile, the solution is deposited in the smallest corners where pests and insects are located. immediate and prolonged action.
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Frequently asked questions about centipedes
Q: Hello, invaded every year by the centipedes inside the house, from the spring and until the beginning of autumn I look for an effective solution and I thought about your diatomy land. First on the ground all around the house outside then in hidden places inside. but I saw that it was possible to spray by mixing with water on the walls, is it really effective once dry and safe for children, knowing that my son is asthmatic and that I want to spray in the rooms? What amount to dilut? and on the outside I know that wet is inefficient. but once dry, does it become effective or should it be re-assigned ?
R: Wet environments are very favourable to the development of centipedes. If it is exposed to a hot and dry air, or cold, it can very quickly dehydrate and end up dying from desiccation. Do not hesitate to control the different wetlands of the habitat (especially under the bathtub) and apply the various products we present in our folder to combat this arthropod. and of course preventive, the ideal is to correct moisture defects. remove the environment that is conducive to its development, and the insect will leave itself.
Concerning your questions:
Yes, that's right, spraying the diatoma allows its fixation on vertical walls. it would be impossible to fix it without adding it with water since it is a very fine powder. Once projecting on the walls, the water evaporates and the diatomed particle remains attached to the wall, thus protecting treated surfaces from creeping insects. No risk by throwing it on the wall. the risk with diatoma is when you spread it into the ambient air and inhale large quantities of it (though you don't need to do if you follow the application recommendations). from the moment the diatoma is fixed, there is no risk of inhalation.
You can leave on 300 to 500 grs powder for 1 litre of warm water
Wet, the datum earth loses its dehydrating, drying and injurious properties. Once again dry, it regains its properties. Diatomy is an inert product that does not deteriorate. Its life is very long. If a rain has too much leached the product, then it will have to be recovered.