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1 - 4 inches

Inch Long



What do Millipedes look like?

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.

What are the signs of Millipedes?

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.

They excrete a toxic liquid through spaces along the sides of their body that leaves behind a foul smell.

What Damage do Millipedes cause?

Millipedes do not cause home damage.

How do you prevent Millipedes?

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 dehumidifiers.
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.

How do I get rid of Millipedes?

Some species of millipedes excrete a defensive fluid that irritates the skin of people who handle or come in contact with them. We do not recommend handling any millipedes yourself.

Can Millipedes hurt me?

Millipedes excrete a foul defensive liquid that might create small blisters on some people.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Suburban Exterminating resolves millipede infestations. Our Seasonal Pest Protection program targets millipedes and other occasional invaders. For more information about getting rid of millipedes or to schedule your free estimate, call Suburban Exterminating today!