Common NameMillipedes
Latin NameClass Diplopoda

How to get rid of this?.To get rid of pest problem under control, inspection is the first and foremost step.

Size: 2.5 to 4 cm long
Color: Common North American species are brownish in color.
Body & Legs: Long and slender, millipedes look like worms with legs. They are segmented, with two pairs of legs per segment.
Length: 6mm to 130 mm
Color: Common North American brownish

Millipedes differ from centipedes in that their legs are paired in each body segment (except for the first three). Centipedes have only one leg per body segment. Millipedes come in a variety of colors. Some have flatter bodies, while others are very tubular. Certain species are even toxic. Most coil up when threatened to protect their legs. They have tiny holes, called spiracles, on the sides of their bodies that allow them to breathe moist air.

Millipedes eat a variety of things. Their appetite for dead plant matter, fungi, and insects help keep nutrients from these sources cycling through the food web. Millipedes usually search for food at night and prefer to remain in dark places. Females lay their fertilized eggs in mounds of their own feces. Newly hatched Millipedes are shorter than adults, but they add more segments to their length after each molt.

They usually dwell in damp areas outdoors but can migrate inside if their habitat outdoors becomes too hot and dry. Once inside, they may hide under furniture or boxes of stored items.
Millipedes do not bite or sting, nor do they do any damage to stored food, structures, or furniture. However, there are some species of millipedes that excrete a defensive fluid that irritates the skin of people who handle them or otherwise come into contact with those toxic millipede species.

Since the pests are most active at night, their appearance can scare people. Millipedes also move in large numbers, so they can become a major nuisance and cause quite a fright to unsuspecting people or pets. But, since millipedes feed on and thus decompose organic matter, they are actually very beneficial to the environment.

In an emergency, a vacuum cleaner or a shop-type vacuum can be used to remove millipedes from walls and floors. When the situation gets worse, call a Professional for help.

CALL NOW!Inspection is the first and foremost step!


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