Millipede Identification

What are millipedes?

Millipedes are a type of insect that we describe as occasional invaders. They spend most of their lives outside but sometimes move indoors while searching for more favorable living conditions. Millipedes are scavengers that feed on decaying organic matter. Outdoors, their feeding habits are eco-beneficial and help to break down decaying matter. Despite having many legs, millipedes are slow-moving insects that have rigid worm-like bodies. Their body is brown to black, and some species having orange or mottled patterns. They have two pairs of legs per body segment, and depending on their exact size, they usually have between 30 and 90 legs.

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Are millipedes dangerous?

Millipedes are nuisance pests and aren't a significant threat to people or properties. They aren't known to transmit diseases or bite people. They do, however, secrete a liquid that can cause small blisters on your skin, but this is not a huge concern.

Why do I have a millipede problem?

Millipedes are moisture-seeking pests. If your yard can provide them with areas of moist soil and wet organic debris, millipedes will take advantage of it. You'll often find millipedes living in the soil close to the foundation of your home. This proximity allows them to move indoors through cracks in the foundation or under basement doors. They'll also come in during periods of excessively hot or dry weather or during periods of heavy rain.

Where will I find millipedes?

Millipedes live outside in dark, quiet, moist areas like under mulch, stones, landscaping ties, logs, piles of leaves and grass, and under trash cans or compost bins. After finding their way indoors, millipedes seek out places to live that mimic their outdoor environments. Typical spots where you'll find them include basements, crawlspaces, and spaces under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. The good news when it comes to millipedes is that they usually can't live indoors for long. The bad news is that more will keep coming into your house until you create a barrier to keep them out.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to getting rid of millipedes from their property, we suggest partnering with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that effectively eliminates millipedes and other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family-owned company protect your home and family from our area's most persistent household invading pests! If you are looking for more information about our millipede control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful professionals!

How can I prevent millipedes in the future?

With the help of the professional services you'll find at Alta Pest Control, along with the following tips, you can prevent millipedes from becoming a problem on your Spokane, WA property.

  • Keep millipedes from wanting to live close to your home's foundation by keeping the soil around it dry.

  • Replace mulch with a non-organic option like crushed rock or rubber mulch.

  • Repair all cracks, crevices, and gaps found in the foundation of your house.

  • Keep garbage cans, compost bins, and woodpiles up off of the ground.

  • Use dehumidifiers to dry out the basement.

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures.

  • Remove piles of leaves, grass, sticks, fallen trees or tree limbs, and other organic debris from your property.

  • Cut bushes and shrubs back away from your home's exterior and place a crushed rock barrier between it and any soil or mulch.


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