When we find insects inside the house, our first instinct is to get rid of them as quickly as possible, but did you know that the presence of ladybugs can be very beneficial?
Indeed, as Yannick Martel, the owner of the Bionaissance company, explained, it is generally very good news that there are a few ladybugs around: "Ladybugs eat aphids and all the small insects soft body. They play an important role in the food chain. »
According to Mr. Martel, the presence of ladybugs is particularly beneficial, because a single specimen can eat several thousand insect pests: “They are also used in agriculture for biological control. The goal is therefore not to eliminate them in the environment.”
In other words, if you ever find a ladybug inside the house, don't kill it unnecessarily. You can simply use a small vacuum to release it outside.
Finally, know that you can also spray vinegar in places where you find ladybugs or otherwise, install a light trap that will attract insects to a desired area.
Moreover, the same goes for the centipedes in your house!
Admit that looking at the photo you had a little nausea! I agree with you; this centipede won't win beauty contests. Ark!
In fact, we call this centipede the centipede. It is not an insect because insects have three pairs of legs but an animal, like a spider.
The centipede spins at full speed and often surprises us. You might be wondering what to do if you see one in your house? Is that bad? What is this bug doing in your house? I have often wondered the same thing...
We thought of you; here are 17 interesting facts about the centipede that will surely reassure you.
The centipede is a real predator. If it is in your house, it will attack small insects such as: woodlice, flies, cockroaches and also the famous spiders (which are not insects).
The centipede also hunts bed bugs, but since the two critters do not hang out in the same places in the house, it is less effective against them.
Did you know the centipede has venom? Do not worry, it is used to paralyze its prey and is not recognized as dangerous for humans or pets. The worst that could happen is that you might have a small allergic reaction, but not in all people. We are far from the venom of certain spiders found in Australia!
She runs away from the light
The centipede does not like light very much, which is probably why you may not have seen it yet.
You may be more likely to see centipede in the fall, along with the other insects that seek to enter our homes as the temperature gets colder.
You might think the centipede has 1,000 legs, but that's not the case. She only has 30. She can spin at a speed of 40cm per second!
Did you know that the female could have legs twice the length of her body? Another interesting fact; the cutiger has two eyes that contain up to 600 “simple eyes” called ocelli.
This critter usually measures between 3 and 5 centimeters...without the legs! Ark!
A foul smell!
It seems that the centipede can give off a foul odor if disturbed. It is better then not to “play around” with it!
Did you know the centipede was cannibalistic? It can even attack other centipedes and eat them! What a charming little critter!
If she's in your house
It is good to know that centipede does not cause damage in your home. It is not like the structural termites that attack the structure of your home; so you can sleep soundly. She does not climb into your bed and most often avoids human contact.
However, it is good to know that the female centipede can lay between 130 and 290 eggs on the ground.
Centipedes often indicate a moisture problem in a home and the presence of other critters.
How to get rid of it?
Make your house as hostile as possible to the centipede. Fix dripping faucets, ventilate bathrooms and basements to prevent dampness, remove carpets in damp areas, and use a dehumidifier! Be sure to repair cracks in your home's foundation.
Also tackle the critters that may be in your house! If the centipede has nothing to eat, it will probably go elsewhere! The centipede is not very pretty to look at but it is not dangerous for us.