Millipedes are arthropods that look similar to centipedes, and usually people become confused on which one could be invading their home. But actually, millipedes and centipedes have very distinctive differences. While Centipedes have longer legs, and move faster, millipedes have shorter legs and move a lot slower. Millipedes move in a wave like formation. They live in very damp, and soiled places, and aren’t usually found inside the home. However, if you see that you may have a pest problem, call the real Nashville Pest Control, and let them take care of it for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Millipedes are anywhere between 2.5 and 4 centimeters long, and they vary in color from black to different shades of brown. Their bodies are segmented and with each segment, there is a pair of legs. A female millipede lays her eggs in underground soil where they undergo an incomplete metamorphosis. Once the eggs hatch, they stay within the nest to molt at least once before they release into the world. Each time they molt, they grow a new segment on their bodies. They reach the adult stage of their life-cycle in 2 to 5 years.
Habitat and Behavior:
Millipedes are usually found outside in damp places. They are commonly found in gardens and flowerbeds. Therefore, they make their nests under piles of leafs, under decayed and rotten wood, etc. Anywhere that is dark and damp, millipedes are usually found. They are active in all seasons of the year. If it rains, however, their place of nesting becomes flooded, which drives them to find other places to live, like inside of your home. Inside the home, they are usually found in bathrooms, basements, crawlspaces, and laundry rooms. Again, they are found where there is water.
Level of Danger:
These pests are not dangerous; they do not have a bite or a sting. However, they have an unpleasant fluid that they emit that can be toxic to pets, and leave an irritating spot on humans. If you realize that a millipede has released this fluid onto your skin, you should immediately go wash the area until the smell has been eliminated.
Signs of Infestation:
There really is no way to tell if you have an infestation of millipedes other than seeing them around your yard or your home.
Prevention is a huge step in keeping the bugs out, especially millipedes. One of the most common prevention tips is to avoid over watering your lawn. As previously stated, they are drawn to dark damp places, so over watering your lawn could become the easiest way for them to make their nests and invade. Make sure you seal all cracks around the home, and keep windows and doors shut. One last thing to prevent millipedes is by keeping your basement/crawlspace ventilated and dry. However, the absolute best way to prevent them is by calling the real Nashville Pest Control. They will help you get rid of millipedes and help you prevent future infestations.