Action Pest Services provides treatment for millipedes. Millipedes are long, slender pests, with between 30-333 pairs of legs. Millipedes are common throughout most of the world and in the United States there are over 1,000 species. Some species are able to release a toxin that can cause blisters and rashes in humans and pets, and an infestation can be unsightly.
There are several characteristics that help identify a millipede.
- Millipedes are usually between 2 mm and 155 mm in length.
- Millipedes can be dark, brown, red, tan, and even orange in color
- Millipedes have long, slender, cylindrical bodies with many pairs of legs and antenna.
- Images of millipedes can be found from the National Pest Management Association »
Conducive Conditions for Millipedes
There are a few conditions that can increase the chances of a millipede infestation:
- Old tree stumps, branches, or stick piles around the outside of the house.
- Plants that cause shady, moist areas and excess vegetation or mulch around the home.
- Warm, humid areas with excess moisture near food sources, especially bathrooms or basements.
- Cracks in the foundation, siding, or window panes that serve as points of entry and allow insects to come in to the home.
Millipede Control Tips for Homeowners
There are several things homeowners can do to prevent and reduce millipede infestations:
- Trim back or remove plants that cause shady, moist areas and excess vegetation or mulch around the home.
- Repair and dehumidify any areas of the home with excess, built-up moisture.
- Inspect the exterior of your home, including the foundation, siding, windows, and doorways regularly to ensure there are no points of entry.
A millipede infestation can quickly increase and become a permanent issue. If you have had more than a single outdoor sighting or are already seeing these pests in your garage or home call Action Pest Services for a customized treatment plan.