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Millipede Identification & Prevention

What are millipedes?

If you are ever working outside in your yard and flip over an old log, rake away dead leaves, or move a container like a plant pot, you will likely encounter millipedes. Millipedes are regular visitors to our outdoor spaces and have high moisture needs. 

The best way to describe a millipede is a worm-like creature with many legs. The millipede has long cylindrical body that is segmented. On each segment, they have two pairs of legs. These pests are typically brown, red, or black and have short antennae.

Are millipedes dangerous?

Having millipedes living in large numbers in your yard or home is more of an annoyance than a danger. These pests do not cause structural damage, spread diseases, or don't bite or sting people.

Though these pests don't bite or sting, they produce an unpleasant smelling fluid from the glands on the sides of their body that irritates our skin. Therefore, not handling these pests is always recommend and since millipedes are so slow-moving, avoiding them is an easy task. If you come across millipedes in your home, use a vacuum to suck them up and remove them.

Why do I have a millipede problem?

Millipedes spend most of their lives outdoors in dark, damp areas. These pests feed on decaying plant matter, so they gravitate to wooded areas as well our lawns, gardens, and flowerbeds. 

Hot, dry weather often drives millipedes indoors. When living near our homes or garages, they move indoors through cracks in the foundation, spaces under doors, and through gaps around utilities entering the home.

Where are millipedes commonly found?

Millipedes are common pests that often end up in our yards. They typically hang out in garden areas in the damp soil under mulch, landscaping ties, and decorative rocks. The damp ground under trash cans, woodpiles, and plant pots also provide places for these pests to gather near our homes.

When millipedes move inside, they seek out damp, dark areas. You'll mainly find them at ground level, but they can climb walls and other surfaces. If millipedes are in your home, you will likely discover them in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or crawl space.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

Turn to the professionals at Anthem Pest Control to solve your property's millipede problems. We are passionate about what we do and work closely with our customers to eliminate their pest problems and provide the routine services needed to keep them from returning. 

Servicing Greater Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Greenville, we offer effective home pest control services that rid properties of millipedes and other unwanted pests! Get started today by giving us a call and requesting a free quote!

How can I prevent millipedes in the future?

Controlling millipede numbers is best done with the help of an experienced professional. In addition to the millipede control services at Anthem Pest Control, the following tips will help make your property less attractive to millipedes.

  • Reduce the damp soil around your yard by making sure gutters and downspouts are directing rainwater away from the perimeter of your house.
  • Cut back shrubs and bushes from your home's exterior to allow the sun to hit the soil and keep it dry.
  • Keep your property's grass cut short, again reducing excess moisture.
  • Remove unnecessary landscaping ties, woodpiles, and rockpiles from your property.
  • Seal spaces in your foundation and place a door sweep on exterior doors.
  • Use dehumidifiers to keep your home dry and less attractive to millipedes and other moisture-loving pests.