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What are millipedes?

Millipedes are arthropods. They have rigid worm-like bodies that are usually black or brown.  Some millipedes may have red or orange mottled patterns. Although their name suggests they have 1,000 legs, millipedes do not have that many.  Typically they have fewer than 200, however they may have more depending on the species (there's an estimated 80,000 species of millipedes in existence). Millipedes are slow moving and will curl into a tight ball as a means of defense. 

close up of a crawling millipede

Are millipedes dangerous?

Millipedes are not dangerous, they are a nuisance pest.  An infestation of these pests will not harm people and they do not damage property. They are simply annoying to deal with.

Why do I have a millipede problem?

Typically millipedes stay outside. On occasion they may find their way indoors, either by accident or on purpose if weather conditions become too hot or too dry. Cracks in foundations and gaps under doors are common entry points for millipedes.

Where will I find millipedes?

Outside, you're likely to uncover millipedes if you move mulch, remove stones and landscaping ties, or disturb logs, piles of leaves, and other organic material. Inside they take up residence in basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and other areas where damp conditions persist.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

To get rid of millipedes that have found their way in, partner with the Texas pest control experts at Romney Pest Control. Our experienced pest control professionals deliver effective pest control services that eliminate and prevent millipedes and other household pest problems in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston.  We also specialize in commercial pest control. To learn more about our services, please contact Romney Pest Control today!

How can I prevent millipede problems?

Keep millipedes out of your home with these millipede prevention tips:

  • Repair cracks, crevices, and gaps found in the foundation of your home

  • Create a barrier between your home and any mulch, soil or grass

  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors, especially walk-out basement doors

  • Remove piles of leaves, grass, sticks, fallen trees or tree limbs, and other organic debris from your property that they can hide in

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

  • Place dehumidifiers in basements areas

  • Make sure that crawl spaces are properly ventilated

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures

 
 
 

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