A millipede is a unique looking insect that is fascinating to watch outside in nature, but no fun to deal with inside your home. Learn more about millipedes and their breeding habits with our PestFix® Pest Library
Millipedes love to eat decaying plant matter such as leaves. They are considered more of a garden pest, because they can damage or devour emergent seedlings - anyone with a greenhouse shudders at the thought of millipedes.
Fortunately, they don't pose much of a threat to humans. They don't spread disease by carrying pathogens, and they don't cause damage to structures or property. Commonly confused with centipedes, some of which can bite, millipedes keep their mouths to themselves. Their self-defense mechanisms are mainly chemical secretions, some of which cause only a mild skin discoloration. Others may have detachable bristles, and tropical species may have stronger chemicals capable of causing pain or itching. (The easiest way to tell the difference between a millipede and centipede: Check the number of legs on a body segment. Millipedes will have two or more sets of legs per segments.)
Millipedes are some of the Earth's oldest creatures. Because they feed on decaying plant matter, they are usually found in damp areas, mulch, grass clippings and gardens. That means if you have a problem with a millipede infestation, the likely source is a basement, bathroom or crawlspace. Because they like dark, undisturbed areas, they are likely to grow in sizeable numbers before ever being detected.
That means the most challenging thing about dealing with millipedes is figuring out where they are coming from. Loose insects can be collected or vacuumed up simply, but unless you can spot their breeding ground, you'll be picking up millipedes often.
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