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
What do millipedes look like?
Millipedes are sometimes known as “thousand-leggers,” have a worm-like appearance and have one 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 millipedes and centipedes have a long, worm-like appearance and many legs, so they can easily be confused. That being said, there are several differences between millipedes and centipedes:
- 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?
There are a few things a homeowner can do to prevent millipedes outdoors:
- 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?
The most important thing you can do is to eliminate all high-moisture areas. Repairing any leaks and sealing any cracks or crevices around plumbing should keep millipedes out of your home. If there is still a concern, please call or contact a Wil-Kil technician for professional millipede removal.
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