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Millipedes

What are millipedes?

Millipedes have a similar shape to a worm, round and long, and range in length from ¼ - 4 ½ inches. They are dark brown to black in color, sometimes having red or orange markings. Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment and their legs are very short. Although they may have a lot of legs they actually move quite slowly. Their name suggests that they have a thousand legs but they actually have somewhere between 30 and 400. Millipedes are scavengers and feed on decaying plants and dead insects.

Why are millipedes in my house?

Millipedes are most often found outdoors living in dark moist environments, like under mulch, piles of leaves, rocks, logs, and landscaping timber. They will move inside homes and other buildings during periods of heavy rain. They are also attracted to light and therefore can sometimes be found in large numbers on porches, patios, and decks.

Do they pose a health risk?

Millipedes do not bite or sting, but some species can expel a foul-smelling fluid through holes on the side of their bodies. The fluid can cause a skin irritation or even small blisters on humans, and may actually be toxic to smaller household pets.

How do you control millipedes?

Controlling millipedes in and around your home can be difficult because they can invade in large numbers. The best way to control millipedes is through Allgood’s residential pest control services. For more information about millipedes and how to control them, contact the professionals at Allgood Pest Solutions today!