Frequently Asked Questions About Millipedes
What are millipedes?
Millipedes are arthropods that have a worm-like appearance and many legs. These pests have high moisture needs and regularly find their way into the outdoor spaces surrounding our houses, garages, and sheds.
We identify millipedes by their long cylindrical, segmented body and two pairs of legs extending from each body segment. They are usually black, red, or brown and have short antennae. Most millipedes grow to about one inch long, and a hard exoskeleton covers their body. When millipedes feel threatened or die, they curl into a tight ball.
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Are millipedes dangerous?
Millipedes are more of a nuisance than a danger. However, it is important to limit your contact with these pests and avoid purposely picking them up.
Millipedes emit liquid secretions from glands on the sides of their body. When the secretions make contact with your skin, it can cause painful blisters. Luckily, millipedes are slow-moving and hide in damp, dark areas, so staying away from them is easy. These pests typically only become a problem when they invade our homes in large numbers.
Why do I have a millipede problem?
Millipedes have high moisture needs and live outside in damp soil areas. Their diet consists of decaying organic materials, so millipedes like to call flowerbeds, gardens, and wooded regions home when they are in our yards. Typically, they only become an issue for people when they move indoors seeking cool, damp shelter. Periods of hot weather, lack of rain, or heavy rains will cause millipedes to migrate into our homes while searching for safe shelter. Unfortunately, things in our homes, like poor ventilation, dripping pipes, and other moisture issues, attract the attention of millipedes and draw them indoors.
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How can I prevent millipedes in the future?
Keep millipedes out of your home with the help of the following prevention tips:
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Repair cracks in your home’s foundation.
- Make sure gutters and their downspouts direct rainwater away from the perimeter of your home
- Create a barrier between mulch, shrubs, and bushes and your home’s foundation.
- Repair leaky pipes, drippy faucets, and punctured hoses to reduce excess moisture that attracts millipedes.
- Use dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels in your home.
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