28 Jul 2014

Most people shudder when they think of creatures like centipedes, silverfish, and spiders. Even in the Kentuckiana region, where a rich ecosystem allows for high insect populations, many people are disgusted and even frightened when these creepy-crawlies are seen outdoors. However, they’re infamous for sneaking into homes and sending the residents screaming and cringing away at the sight of them. All of these invaders have one thing in common – besides being gross. They might be living surreptitiously in your basement.

Centipedes, although their name means ‘a hundred legs,’ can have up to 177 pairs of legs – or 394 legs in total. These carnivorous bugs have small mouths equipped with venom glands that they use to paralyze their prey and defend themselves against attacks. They can also deliver a venomous bite, and while their venom is not dangerous for humans, it is often very painful. Big enough to eat spiders and even worms, centipedes can live for up to six years. Since they are nocturnal, chances are they won’t be spotted before they begin to hunt the other basement inhabitants after dark. Getting rid of centipedes isn’t so easy; often, the rest of the basement bugs – centipede prey – must be driven out before the centipedes will be willing to leave.

Although silverfish aren’t actually fish, they are known for their shimmery exterior and way of mobilization that resembles swimming. Silverfish enjoy living in damp places shrouded in darkness, such as basements, but they don’t stop there. Often, they can be found in other areas of the house, such as in kitchens and bathrooms. Drawn to paper and damp clothing, they are known for invading storage boxes in attics, garages, or sheds. Because silverfish feed on carbohydrates, their diet during their stay in your home consists of shampoo, book glue, linen, silk, and other dead insects. They have even been discovered in unopened food packages. Since they are nocturnal, silverfish can infest a home for a long period of time before discovered. The best way to prevent an infestation is to minimize moisture in your home.
Although true arachnophobia only affects 6.1 percent of the population, most people are made extremely uncomfortable by the appearance of eight-legged arachnids. While some spiders are drawn to moisture, most are drawn to the massive food source – without fear of predators, such as birds – that can be found in a wet basement, due to the many other bugs and insects inhabiting the damp area.

The best way to prevent spiders, silverfish, centipedes, and other creepy crawlies from making themselves at home in your home is to reduce the level of moisture that makes your home a good habitat. Most bugs are drawn to the dampness of basements, while other bugs eat the creatures that breed and thrive on the mugginess of a wet basement. Keeping the moisture out of your home can help prevent an infestation of these and other bugs, and often the best way to prevent these problems, and many more, is by repairing your foundation and targeting the problem at its source. Call a professional at Bone-Dry Waterproofing today, and keep the moisture – and the bugs – out of your home.