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What Are Millipedes
Arthropods that have a characteristic two pair of jointed legs on most of their entire body. Each of their double legged segments is a result of two single segments fused together.
They are different from centipedes because centipedes have only one leg per body segments. Millipedes can come in a variety of colors. Centipedes are carnivores, while millipedes prefer to eat decomposing plants.
How do you get rid of millipedes in your home?
You will want to remove moisture from the foundation or crawl spaces, make sure you are using gutters and your down spots are not clogged causing excessive moisture in a particular area.
Repair leaky faucets, water pipes and excessive moisture from your air conditioners.
Seal up any cracks and crevices in the foundations, and plug up any entry points around wiring and plumbing.
Clean out your gutters
Our Pest Control Experts will treat the exterior of the home with a residual insecticide and treat the interior perimeter walls. We will inspect the perimeter for any entry points, and treat weep holes, and plumbing penetrations.
The entire treatment will take about 2 hours and the technician will need access to the interior of the home.
Are Millipedes Poisonous to Humans?
They are not poisonous but can cause some severe irritation if you attempt to pick them up, they should be left alone, swept up and disposed of.
Are Millipedes good or bad?
Millipedes would not be considered bad, as they have a purpose and digest organic matter and fungi, but no one wants to find thousands in their homes. The female can produce up to 100 eggs, so the population can reach miserable numbers rather quickly.
Do Millipedes Bite You?
Millipedes will not bite you, but you should not pick them up as they do have a defensive secretion that can cause chemicals burns on your skin. Although, it will not have a long term effect, it can cause some extreme discomfort, discoloration, itching, and blisters on the skim. So do not pick them up, best to scoop up with broom and dispose of them.
What Do Millipedes Eat?
They will eat a variety of items, for the most part millipedes will eat dead plant matter, fungi, and insects. Usually they will search for food during the night and will prefer to start in the dark places of your home or yard.
Why Am I Finding 100’s of Millipedes in My Home?
Pretty simple creatures, they are looking for food, shelter and moisture. So having excessively decomposing organic matter around your home could be the perfect shelter and reproductive areas.
Areas where millipedes can be located outside:
- Areas of Leaf Litter on the Ground
- Wood Piles
- Stumps and fallen Trees
- Mulch Beds
- Compost Piles
- Piles of garbage
- Animal Manure
- Rock Gardens
- Excessively moist basements and crawl spaces