Scientific Name: Diplopoda
Appearance: Long cylindrical segmented bodies with numerous short legs ranging in count from 40-400.
Size: 0.8-11 in.
What is a Millipede?
Millipedes can be distinguished from centipedes by their greater leg count. While they do not have thousands of legs they do have two short pairs per body segment while centipedes only have one long pair per segment. Millipedes are also know to be slow-moving while centipedes are much quicker.
Millipedes feed on decomposing plant material and prefer to remain outdoors. Millipedes prefer dark moist areas and typically come out at night. They are frequently found in high moisture areas such as under leaves, in mulch beds, or under rocks.
Why do I have Millipedes?
Garden millipedes are the most common type to be found in abundance indoors. This activity typically happens during a millipede migration and some can find their way inside through exposed openings.
Millipedes are not considered a threat to humans and coil up when threatened. However, they do secrete fluids that can cause an unwanted odor and allergic reactions.
How do I get rid of Millipedes?
If millipedes have found their way inside it is typically indicative of a large population outdoors. Reducing shelter locations close to the home can help prevent their entry. Decreasing the amount of mulch beds, leaf build up, and rocks around the home can help deter millipedes from finding their way in. It is also important to ensure entry points are properly sealed.
Your local pest control specialists can help prevent millipedes from coming inside by laying a protective barrier to further prohibit their entry. Click Here for Details on our General Pest Control Plan
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