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What Are Millipedes?

Millipedes are small arthropods that live in soil and leaf litter. They have cylindrical bodies comprised of many segments, each with two pairs of legs. Millipedes tend to feed on decaying matter but can sometimes damage garden plants. While millipedes don't pose any significant threat to humans, their presence in homes and gardens can be a nuisance.

The most common millipede we see in Raleigh is the garden millipede (sometimes referred to as the common millipede). The garden millipede is a species commonly found in gardens and woodlands in many parts of the world, including Europe and North America. They are generally between 1.5 and 2.5 cm in length and are typically dark brown or black in color.

Garden millipedes feed on decaying plant matter and organic materials, which play an essential role in breaking down organic matter and returning nutrients to the soil. They are generally considered harmless to humans and do not bite or sting; however, large populations of garden millipedes can sometimes become a nuisance in homes, especially in damp basements or crawl spaces.

Are Millipedes Dangerous?

Millipedes are not dangerous pests. While they may bite if provoked, their bites do not cause long-lasting harm or discomfort.

Why Do I Have a Millipede Problem?

Millipedes can become a problem when they enter homes or gardens in large numbers. This often happens because of favorable environmental conditions, such as excessive moisture or warmth. They can also be attracted to decaying organic matter or plants, which serve as a food source. Be sure to clean your yard and garden of any decaying leaves or plant matter to make your home less attractive to millipedes.

Where Will I Find Millipedes?

Millipedes can be found in various locations, from basements and garages to gardens and woodlands. If you're looking for millipedes, checking any moist, dark areas around your home is the best place to start. Millipedes are often attracted to damp spots, such as under piles of wet leaves or near compost piles.

How Do I Get Rid of Millipedes?

The best thing you can do to get rid of millipedes is to call our team as soon as possible. We have over 25 years of experience dealing with pest infestations and will give your issue the attention it deserves. Not only will we provide a quote before we render services, but we will also create a plan of action that is specifically tailored to your home and pest problem.

How Can I Prevent Millipedes in the Future?

Though millipedes aren't dangerous or aggressive, you likely don’t want to host them in your home. Surprise house pests can be stressful, unsightly, and, for some, scary. 

If you want to make your home or business less attractive to millipedes, take some of these suggestions into consideration:

  • Reduce Moisture Levels in Your Home: Millipedes thrive in damp environments. Fix leaky pipes, use a dehumidifier, and ensure your home has proper ventilation.
  • Seal Cracks and Gaps: Seal any cracks or gaps in the foundation, walls, and doors of your home to prevent millipedes from entering.
  • Remove Sources of Food and Shelter: Millipedes feed on decaying organic matter, so removing piles of leaves, wood, and other debris from near your home can help prevent an infestation.
  • Maintain a Clean Home: Regular cleaning and vacuuming can help keep millipedes from establishing themselves in your home.
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