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What are millipedes?

Millipedes are common pests that can be found throughout the entire United States. Despite their name, millipedes do not have a thousand legs. In fact, millipedes typically have between 30 and 90 pairs of legs. The current world record is held by the species of millipede called Illacme Plenipes, with a staggering 750 legs! Millipedes and centipedes are commonly confused for one another. The best way to tell these pests apart is that centipedes move at a high rate of speed while millipedes typically move much slower.

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Are millipedes dangerous?

In general, millipedes are not considered dangerous pests as they don't sting, bite, or transmit harmful diseases. However, these pests do have the ability to release a pungent and repulsive fluid that can cause irritation to the skin upon contact. Some species even have the ability to shoot this fluid out several inches. One thing to note when dealing with millipedes is that, although this fluid is not a serious threat to humans, it can be toxic to your pets.

Why do I have a millipede problem?

Millipedes do not typically prefer living in homes over living out in nature, as homes don’t supply them with the damp and deteriorating vegetation they feed on. However, if conditions outside are unsuitable for their survival, millipedes may be pushed to find shelter within the walls of your home. Once they are inside, if your home has potted plants, a plentiful supply of dead insects, and areas that are warm and moist, millipedes may decide to stick around.

Where are millipedes commonly found?

Most commonly, millipedes can be found infesting areas that are warm and moist. When living outside, millipedes are primarily found living in the moist soil beneath leaf litter or mulch. Inside homes, damp, secluded areas such as basements, crawl spaces, and storage areas often provide invading millipedes with the conditions they need to survive.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

If millipedes have invaded your home, your next step should be to contact the professionals here at Green Pest Management. Although millipedes are not a major threat, they can still be quite the bother when found crawling around your home. When you call for help from Green Pest Management, you don’t just get protection from millipedes, you get protection from a number of other common household pests, as well. This coverage is all a part of our quality home pest control package. For more information on how our home pest control plans can help keep millipedes out of your home or to to talk about your free estimate, reach out to us! We'd be happy to help!

How can I prevent millipedes in the future?

There are two major ways to deter millipedes from invading your home:

  • Remove points of entry. This can be done by sealing cracks or gaps in your foundation using a high-quality caulk and caulking gun.

  • Reduce moisture in and around your home. If you find any leaks, have them repaired, and consider investing in dehumidifiers for particularly humid areas of your home.


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