What do millipedes look like?
Millipeds are are long thin worm like creatures with many legs. They are usually 1 to 2 inches long, but can grow much larger depending on the species. They are usually dark brown or black. When a millipede walks their legs move in a wave like motion.
The long thin body of the millipede is made up of many segments. Each segment has 2 pairs of legs and they can have from 30 to 354 legs. Millipedes have short antennae. This is opposite the centipede which has long antennae, and 1 leg per body segment.
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Are millipedes dangerous?
Millipedes do not carry diseases that effect people or animals. Millipedes are not venomous and will not bite or sting you even if handled. This doesn’t mean your should pick them up though. Millipedes secrete a smelly liquid from its glands that will stain your skin and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Like centipedes they are best just left alone.
While millipedes aren’t really considered dangerous to people they can be damaging to plants. Most millipedes are herbivorous. This is not the case for all millipedes though. There are some species of millipedes that will feed on insects, worms, snails, and centipedes.
Millipedes like moist, humid environments. They can be found in piles of compost, decaying wood, and leaf litter. Forest floors, caves make great homes for millipedes.
If your crawlspace has moisture problems or debris in it this could provide an inviting habitat for millipedes. When it’s been really dry outside millipedes may find their way inside looking for water. During heavy rains they may come inside looking for shelter.
How do I get rid of millipedes?
Physical removal with a vacuum or shop-vac may be the easiest way to remove millipedes from inside the home. If you do handle a millipede, remember to wear gloves. Place glue boards in cabinets under sinks, near pipe entries, in corners of rooms, or in places you have had issues in the past.
How can I prevent millipede problems at my home or business?
Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any millipede problems in your home.
- Seal up cracks and crevices around the exterior of the homes foundation.
- Use copper mesh around pipe and wiring entries into home.
- Repair any leaks in the home or in the crawlspace.
- Remove debris from gutters.
- Make sure water moves away from home and doesn’t cause excess moisture around foundation.
- Keep wood piles and compost at least 20 feet from home.
If you suspect a millipede problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.
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