Do not be scared if one or a few centipedes finding refuge on the soil of your houseplants. Because house centipedes called Scutigera coleoptrata find comfort in damp, dark places during the day and night, they come out to find food. To get rid of the centipedes making their home in your houseplants;  if one or a few centipedes finding refuge on the soil of your houseplants. Because house centipedes called Scutigera coleoptrata find comfort in damp, dark places during the day and night, they come out to find food. To get rid of the centipedes making their home in your houseplants, or get rid of them for good.  Follow these methods to get rid of centipede from your garden or you can get a local pest control company to inspect your garden.

Use Diatomaceous Earth: Diatomaceous Earth is one of the best ways to kill centipedes.  Made up of thousands of tiny fossilized sea-shells, it is harmless to humans. This is a natural insecticide which is suitable for a home remedy for centipedes. Diatomaceous earth kills centipedes by scorching them, scratching their exoskeleton and allowing moisture to escape. The powder can be sprinkled liberally across the home, as you would use boric acid as it is harmless to pets and humans. Make sure to put on a mask during the application process, so you do not breathe the powder.

Neem essential oil: The essential oils extracted from these plants can be used as a natural insecticide for centipedes. Some plant can fight off insects attack in, and neem oil is one of them. Neem oil is an essential oil that has effective insecticide, and it deters most pest disturbing your plant, it is used in commercial agricultural applications. This also works as a centipede repellent. The compounds found in neem oil are ingested by the centipede when it comes into contact, and it will upset the insect’s hormonal system.  This will stop the centipede’s life cycle, and it will stop their eating and mating.

Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper: Many natural ingredients repel centipede and cayenne pepper is one of them. Capsaicin is the natural compound in peppers that gives them their hot heat. The chilly plant uses capsaicin as a natural insect repellant in the wild as part of its defense mechanism to avoid being eaten. While chilly is a pleasure and sometimes pain sensation for a human, to the centipede, it is to be avoided at all costs. Sprinkle cayenne pepper at entry points of your garden, both at the interiors and exteriors. However, make sure to put on a glove to avoid burning sensation.

Boric Acid: If you are wondering how to get rid of centipedes, then boric acid is your best way. Boric acid can be purchased from any hardware shop, and it can be sprinkle without fear of toxicity to children and pets. This acid doesn’t kill centipedes instantly but will take a few days for the process to start working. The centipede dies when it ingests or come in contact with the powder. The boron in the centipede repellent builds up in the insect’s body as they are unable to excrete it. After a few days, the centipedes will die or dehydration of starvation as the boric acid effects the centipede’s ability to absorb nutrients and may scratch their exoskeleton causing the insect to dry out. Try other methods if you can not wait for the process.