Millipedes

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Millipedes

Color: Millipedes are most often blackish or brownish, but some are red, orange or patterned.

Characteristics: Millipedes are usually cylindrical and worm-like, but some can be slightly flattened. They have 1 short pair of antennae and 30-90 pairs of legs.

Size: 1/16 – 4 ½” long

Potentially Dangerous: No

Difficult to Eradicate

Nuisance Pest

Structure Indaving

What do millipedes look like?

Millipedes are sometimes known as “thousand-leggers,” have a worm-like appearance and have 1 pair of antennae. They are most often found near high moisture areas, such as in mulch and decaying vegetation.

What’s the difference between millipedes and centipedes?

Both have a long, worm-like appearance and many legs, so they can easily be confused, however, there are several differences:

  • Generally millipedes are more cylindrical whereas centipedes are flattened.
  • Centipedes move fast whereas millipedes move slowly and burrow rather than “run.”
  • Centipedes eat both plants and other insects. Millipedes only feed on plants.
  • Centipedes bite when threatened. Millipedes produce secretions or curl up when threatened.
  • Millipedes need higher moisture areas than centipedes.

Why do I have millipedes?

Millipedes rarely come indoors. If you’re finding millipedes in or around your home, they have found a high moisture area to nest in.

How do I prevent Millipedes?

Outdoors there are a few things a homeowner can do to prevent millipedes:

  • Remove leaf piles to prevent decay and moist areas underneath the pile.
  • Water lawn and gardens earlier in the day to allow them to dry during the day. Millipedes are nocturnal so your property will then be drier at night.

Similarly, it is important to prevent high moisture areas in your home and have proper ventilation in areas like basements, bathrooms, and crawl spaces.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

First, eliminate all high moisture areas. If there is still a concern, call a Wil-Kil technician for professional millipede removal.

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