What the heck are they doing in here!? Millipedes are worm-like arthropods that are common in Pennsylvania. Millipedes are segmented and can be distinguished by the fact that they have two legs per body segment. Millipedes are also dark brown in color and curl up into a “C” shape upon death. Millipedes generally call cool dark places outside their home, but sometimes they become restless and migrate inside and become pests. These home invasions usually come as cooler weather approaches or come after a heavy rainstorm.
Since some places in homes are dark and damp, millipedes will often thrive inside the home. Although they may call dark damp places of the structure home, they often migrate to the living spaces of the structure.
Are Millipedes dangerous? Even though millipedes look scary, they are just an irritating pain. Millipedes don’t have pincers, teeth or stingers and can’t aggressively defend themselves like many other insects. Some species of millipede also emit a foul smelling and tasting chemical to protect them from predators; some of these chemicals can be caustic and cause burns and blisters on human skin.
How do I keep them out? Here at Budget Pest Control, our experienced technicians will inspect and spot problem areas into which millipedes might be entering the structure and prevent a millipede invasion from happening. These areas include but are not limited to compost, shrubbery or river gravel that is near the foundation of the home. We then treat any areas that a millipede could enter thoroughly to keep the millipedes away from your property. We also inspect the interior of the home to find any possible areas including dark and damp places that a millipede could call home. We then treat throughout and make sure that any millipedes within the structure are taken care of.
At Budget Pest Control Inc. our technicians and trucks are ready with the latest in equipment and products designed to make sure that you and your home are protected from millipede invasions. Give us a call regarding our Millipede Control today! Have a chat with our friendly office personnel. We will get together an estimate and if you wish be on your way in a jiffy and remember…Our technicians work 7 days a week (just not the same ones).
Millipedes are small worm-like arthropods that usually go unnoticed by most people. They are usually brown to dark brown in color and have two legs per body segment. They are usually about an inch long and have a tubular body configuration. Millipedes usually live in the woods under leaves and in fallen logs. They prefer damp, dark environments and can venture into areas of the home with this type of environment.
- When a millipede dies it curls into a ball with its hard outer shell facing outwards.
- Some species of millipedes have special glands that emit a terrible stinky odor to defend themselves from predators.
- According to fossil records millipedes were among the first creatures to be able to breath air and live on land.
Myth: Millipedes have 1,000 legs.
Fact: Even though the name millipede means 1,000 feet, there is no known species of millipede that has 1,000 legs. The millipede does have two legs per body segment which is twice as many as its cousin the centipede.
Myth: With all those legs millipedes must be able to crawl quickly.
Fact: Millipedes are actually relatively slow moving. It is for this reason that they’ve developed defensive tactics like curling in a tight ball as well as chemical “stink” defenses.
- Millipedes aren’t known to leave any circumstantial signs of infestation. However, seeing large numbers of millipedes in your home is a strong indicator that you have a millipede problem.