Millipedes, or “thousand leggers” as they are sometimes known, are brownish, oval, elongate insects with two pairs of legs attached to most segments. Actually, their apparent body segments each consist of two segments that are fused together and appear as one. Millipedes that commonly invade homes are 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, and tend to coil up when resting.
Millipedes normally live outdoors in damp places, like under decaying leaves and in mulch around outdoor plantings. They feed on damp and decaying vegetable matter as well as new roots and green leaves. In wooded areas millipedes live in piles of leaf litter. In dry weather they will migrate out of the litter piles as the leaves dry, and they may enter buildings in large numbers. This behavior may also occur in lawns that contain thick thatch layers, or yards where large piles of leaves or compost piles are present.
Controlling millipedes starts outdoors by removing places that hold moisture, such as wood debris, rocks, grass clippings and leaf litter. Firewood should be stored off the ground. Lawns should be watered in the morning to promote drying by the afternoon. Flower beds should not be over mulched. Entry into the home can be prevented by sealing and caulking gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes, wires, etc.
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Did you know
Capuchin monkeys deliberately irritate millipedes, so that they get poisonous chemicals sprayed on themselves. These chemicals help repel mosquitoes.