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.

What kinds of millipedes are there?

What you should know about millipedes

While millipedes may seem harmless, they can actually be quite a nuisance and pose a threat to your home and health.

One of the biggest problems with millipedes is their tendency to invade homes in large numbers. During periods of heavy rain or high humidity, millipedes will seek shelter in homes, and once inside, they can be difficult to remove. These pests often hide in dark, damp places such as basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms, making them hard to locate and eliminate.

Another issue with millipedes is that they can cause damage to your home. While they don't bite or sting, they can still be harmful to your property. Millipedes feed on decaying plant matter, and when they find their way into your home, they will start to consume any organic material they can find. This can include things like wood, paper, and fabric, which can weaken the structure of your home and cause damage over time.

In addition to being a nuisance and causing damage to your home, millipedes can also pose a threat to your health. When disturbed or threatened, millipedes will release a foul-smelling liquid that can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people. This liquid can also stain carpets and other fabrics, making it difficult to remove.

Finally, it's important to note that millipedes can attract other pests to your home. Since they feed on decaying plant matter, they can attract other insects and arthropods that are looking for a food source. This can lead to infestations of other pests, which can be even harder to eliminate than millipedes.

In conclusion, while millipedes may seem harmless at first glance, they can actually be quite a nuisance and pose a threat to your home and health. If you are experiencing a millipede infestation, it's important to contact a professional pest control company to help eliminate the problem and prevent future infestations.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

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Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

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After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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Millipedes FAQ

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?

The best way to prevent any future pest problem is to have a recurring pest service. Specifically, one that is designed to protect your home year-round; from the inside of your home to the edge of your property! Give us a call today to get a plan specific to your home's needs!


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