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Millipede

Appearance
Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical bodies.

Color
Brownish-black or mottled with shades of orange, red, or brown

Size
Range from 1/2 to 11-inches in length.

Habitat
Decomposing vegetation or organic matter mixed with soil.

Interesting Facts
The name "millipede" is a compound word formed from the Latin roots mille ("thousand") and pes ("foot").

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Pest Database : Occasional Invaders : Millipede

What does a millipede look like?

Millipedes are approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inch in length.  They are brown in color and have a hard, worm-like body lined with legs.  This many legged arthropod has two pairs of legs attached to each segment on its body.  Adults have anywhere from 30-90 legs.  They tend to coil up when resting.

How did the millipede invade my home/business?

Millipedes usually live outside and need lots of moisture. They prefer damp areas such as mulch, compost and flower beds.  A change in weather conditions may stimulate them to move indoors.  In dry weather, they may enter buildings to look for moisture.  Once inside, they usually cannot survive for long, due to lack of moisture.

How can I tell if I have millipedes?

Since millipedes are most active at night, it can be difficult to identify if you have a problem. Typically, millipedes that enter your home or property will not live long, if the conditions are right (cool, damp and dark), they can live from 5-10 years. In your yard, millipedes can cause damage to plant leaves and prefer to live in or around decaying organic matter -- grass clippings, mulch, rotting wood piles, composting leaves, and trash debris.

Can millipedes harm my family or employees?

These pests are not a harm, but can be a nuisance.

Can millipedes cause damage to my property?

Millipedes do not cause structural damage to buildings, although they can become unusually abundant which can make they an annoyance.

How does Batzner get rid of millipedes?

Batzner Pest Management service professionals would provide a treatment to the perimeter of the building foundation, outside and inside depending on the situation. They would also make sanitation recommendations to help prevent future infestations.

What steps can I take to control or prevent millipedes myself?

Typically, millipedes do not survive beyond a day or two indoors because millipedes require lots of moisture. However, a chronic infestation can be due to damp conditions. Indoors, dry out and repair the problem areas. Outside, remove debris from around the building foundation. Seal and caulk any minor cracks or openings. If the problem is severe, you may need the help of a professional.