Millipede Identification & Prevention

a millipede on the ground

What are millipedes?

Millipedes are arthropods and have segmented bodies and double-jointed legs. They also have two pairs of legs per body segment, a hard exoskeleton, and a round-worm-like body. Millipedes are usually gray or dark gray, but they can be many different colors.

Are millipedes dangerous?

For the most part, millipedes are not dangerous pests. However, you should avoid touching them because some can produce hydrochloride acid. The amount this pest emits is not enough to be poisonous to people, but it can cause burning, skin irritation, and discoloration.

Why do I have a millipede problem?

Millipedes are scavengers and decomposers, so you may have a problem with these pests if you have any decaying organic matter on your Birmingham property. Although they are not regular home invaders, they will make their way inside if there is a drastic change in weather. Too much rain could cause them to seek a dryer place, or on the flip side, drought can have them looking for moisture. But the weather doesn’t always have to be a factor.

Where will I find millipedes?

Outside, millipedes live in dark and damp places such as underneath rocks. When they get inside, they will gravitate toward areas with similar conditions. These places can include basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and under sinks. But if your home doesn’t provide enough food for them to eat once a day, they likely won’t survive or stay long.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

If you see millipedes around your home, you should contact us at EnviroCare Lawn & Pest Services. We offer a perimeter home pest control program that will help treat and prevent pests like millipedes.

You will receive an over-the-phone estimate, and we will schedule an appointment for your home’s initial treatment to get started with our services. During the first treatment, your technician will treat the interior with a baseboard spray and the exterior with a perimeter spray. After the initial treatment, we can return monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly to treat the perimeter. With our program, there is no additional charge for interior treatment! 

Contact us at EnviroCare Lawn & Pest Services to hear more about our Birmingham pest control options, whether you have an active pest problem or want to prevent one from happening.

How can I prevent millipedes in the future?

Want to keep millipedes from coming back after your professional pest control service? You can do that using these tips:

  • Seal any cracks in the foundation and install weatherstripping so there aren’t any gaps around doors.
  • Reduce the moisture inside your home by repairing leaks and using dehumidifiers where necessary.
  • Reduce moisture in your yard by repairing hoses, fixing drainage issues, and removing organic debris.
  • Eliminate food sources by regularly clearing leaves, tending to plants and gardeners, and removing any other organic debris.

For more tips on how to keep your Birmingham home protected from millipedes and other unwanted pests, call us at EnviroCare Lawn & Pest Services.

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