millipede crawling

What do millipedes look like? 

A millipede has a segmented, worm-like body. Its body is rigid and, despite having two pairs of legs per body segment, millipedes are slow-moving insects. Most species are brown to black. Some species may also have orange or mottled patterns on them. Depending on their size, millipedes have from 30 to sometimes more than 90 legs. Most species of millipedes that people come into contact with grow to approximately one inch in length.

millipede curled into a ball

Are millipedes dangerous?

These leggy creatures pose no significant danger to people. The only known issue for people associated with these pests is a liquid they secrete from glands located along the sides of their bodies. This liquid can cause small blisters on the skin of some people. However, this is not a huge threat since their slow movements make them an easy pest to avoid.

Where are millipedes found?

Damp, dark areas are where millipedes live outside. They burrow into the soil under mulch, stones, landscaping ties, logs, piles of leaves, and under trash cans or compost bins. After finding their way inside a structure, millipedes hide in damp, dark areas like basements, crawl spaces, and under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms. Millipedes will also invade potted plants but only damage plants that are already damaged or are decaying.

Why do I have a millipede problem?

Millipedes are occasional invaders. They spend most of their lives outside but sometimes move inside during heavy rains or drought conditions. These unwanted pests usually move inside through spaces in the foundation and under basement doors.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

Contact the pest control professionals at All Pest Control & Solutions to completely take care of a millipede infestation. Serving Salem and the New River Valley areas, our professionals inspect properties, develop a plan of action, and implement it! The end result: 100% satisfaction guaranteed millipede control for your property.

Does All Pest Control & Solutions have millipede prevention tips?

Preventing millipedes from getting into your home can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to help deter these house-invading pests.

  • Cut bushes and shrubs away from your home to allow the sun to hit and dry out the soil around your home’s foundation.

  • Leave a barrier between any soil and your home’s foundation.

  • Use a caulking gun to repair cracks in the foundation of your home.

  • Place door sweeps on basement doors.

  • Store garbage cans, compost bins, and woodpiles up off of the ground and away from the perimeter of your home.

  • Use dehumidifiers to dry out the basement. 


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