There are many species of millipedes. They are long and cylindrical. They have many segmented, worm-like creatures. However, some look flattened. Every millipede has two pairs of legs attached to each body segment.
Size: 5/8 of an inch to 4 inches long
Color: Brown or black, but some species are orange or red
Activity/Behavior: Millipedes are active at night. They produce a foul smelling fluid which is toxic to some insects and animals. This fluid causes blisters on human skin. They can also be structural pests when they enter the home.
Where They Live: Millipedes can be found outside around moisture and decaying matter (trash, grass clippings, mulch, rotting firewood, and leaf litter).
Tips for Control: Because their secretions can cause blisters, Suburban suggests calling a technician in. Simply reducing the amount of moisture around the exterior of the home will prevent millipedes from coming in and help control the population.
How Suburban Exterminating Can Help: Control of millipedes takes persistence and experience. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but millipedes come in large numbers. It’s extremely difficult to locate and eliminate them all, and when you do, they tend to ooze a sticky substance. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of millipedes the most efficient way.
Suburban Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. Our technicians are registered and licensed with NY State. Our technicians participate in a continuing education program.
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