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Millipedes

What are millipedes?

Millipedes in the pest world is considered an occasional invader and not necessarily a major threat. The millipede is often referred to as “thousand leggers”. How many legs does a millipede have?  The simple answer is millipedes have two legs on each body segment apart from the first three legs.

The millipede is brownish in color and ranges from 1-1.5 inches in length.  Like others in its class, millipedes are nocturnal and hide during the day beneath various objects and are attracted to damp soil.

Additionally there are around 1,000 species of millipede in the United States alone.

Does a millipede bite?

Most species of millipede omit a foul smelling fluid which is toxic to insects and smaller animals and this fluid can cause blisters to human skin.

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Why do I have millipedes?

Millipedes during their nightly travels, will scavenge for decaying organic matter such as grass clippings or compost piles, mulch, rotting firewood, and under garbage cans.  Occasionally they find their way into the home, but very often die due to lack of moisture and outdoor food.

Getting rid of millipedes in the house

Millipedes in the house are as previously mentioned, probably there by accident, unless you have an excessive moisture issue.  Four Seasons | HomeTown checks for millipedes when completing our maintenance inspection.

What can I do in the future to prevent millipedes?

  • Remove any moist harborage areas such as rotten wood, grass cuttings, compost and other decaying organic matter.
  • Store firewood off the ground.
  • Lawns should be dethatched, mowed and edged in order to promote drying.
  • Ensure the lawn is watered in the morning to promote any drying during the afternoon.
  • Don’t use excessive amounts of mulch in flower beds.
  • Seal and caulk gaps around windows, doors, pipes, siding.

Can I remove millipedes myself?

Over the counter products aren’t very effective when dealing with millipedes and other pests.  Which is why we don’t recommend using them.  Not only can they be hazardous if mixed incorrectly but they can affect pets, humans and plant life.

Fast, effective millipede control

Millipedes do tend to stay outside but if you find a millipede in your house, then you may have an underlying problem such as dampness or moisture issues.  By getting that fixed will help reduce them.  Additionally millipedes do migrate in large numbers during autumn but they have been known to migrate in spring and summer.

Getting rid of millipedes is one of the pests which is covered under the common household pests and is treated for during our maintenance inspections.   At Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control we understand pests and we also understand our customers.  We know that not everyone wants to try and get rid of millipedes or other creepy crawlies themselves.  By using a professional pest control company like ourselves we deal with your pest control problems quickly, before they arise, eliminating them from your home or building.  Additionally you don’t have to worry about the dangers of home treatments for earwig or other pest infestations.

Four Seasons | HomeTown provides pest control services in Dare, Currituck, Camden, Hyde, and Pasquotank counties up through to Newport News, Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton and Virginia Beach,  Portsmouth, Suffolk and Williamsburg Contact us today to find out more about our effective millipede control and other pest control services available in your area.