What do millipedes look like?

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The name millipede means “thousand legs”; but, in reality, millipedes have 30 to 90 legs, quite a few less than their name implies.  Millipedes have a worm-like body that can grow to up to 4 ½ inches in length depending on the species.  Millipede coloring can be black or brown; some have mottled patterns, and some have bright orange or red markings.

Millipede behaviors

Like many other occasional invaders, millipedes often migrate inside when the weather turns cold, often times in large numbers.  They may also seek shelter after heavy rains. Inside they tend to hang out in basements, bathrooms, and underneath kitchen sinks.  Millipedes will survive indoors only if there are living conditions that provide them with high humidity levels.  

Outside millipedes are found in dark moist areas such as underneath mulch, rotting logs, grass piles, and landscaping ties.  

Millipedes are scavengers and will feed on decaying plant matter and sometimes dead insects.

Are millipedes dangerous?

No, millipedes are not dangerous.  More of a nuisance than anything else, some millipedes can emit foul-smelling liquid that may cause small blisters on people.

Can Suburban help with a millipede problem?

Yes, Suburban Exterminating resolves millipede infestations.  For Long Island and New York homeowners, our Seasonal Pest Protection program targets millipedes and other occasional invaders.  Benefits of this program include professional treatment administered by highly trained pest control technicians, routine service visits, unlimited service calls, and peace of mind.  Our pest control company also provides commercial pest solutions that protect people, product and facilities.  For more information about getting rid of millipedes or to schedule your free estimate, call Suburban Exterminating today!

Millipede prevention tips

There are several things that you can do in and around your home in addition to help prevent problems with millipedes.

  • Reduce areas of moisture by making sure that gutters are working properly and by fixing any leaky faucets or fixtures.
  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by using de-humidifiers.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed short to prevent moisture from collecting in it.
  • Remove piles of leaves, grass, and other organic debris from your property.
  • Seal any gaps or cracks in your home’s foundation or exterior walls and caulk any gaps found around basement windows and doors. 
  • Make sure that all vents have secure screens placed over them.

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