Pest Control: Millipedes

Common North American species of millipedes are brownish in color. Long and slender, millipedes look like worms with legs. They are segmented, with two pair of legs per segment. They usually dwell in damp areas outdoors but can migrate inside if their habitat outdoors becomes too hot and dry. Once inside, they may hide under furniture or boxes of stored items.

Millipedes do not bite or sting, nor do they do any damage to stored food, structures, or furniture. However, there are some species of millipedes that excrete a defensive fluid that irritates the skin of people who handle them or otherwise come into contact with those toxic millipede species.

Since the pests are most active at night, their appearance can scare homeowners moving boxes or other items. Millipedes also move in large numbers, so they can become a major nuisance and cause quite a fright to unsuspecting people or pets. But, since millipedes feed on and thus decompose organic matter, they are actually very beneficial to the environment.

Seaside Pest Control professionals are trained to help keep millipedes out of your home. We can identify areas where millipedes might be living and can point out any other entryways they might be using to get into your home. For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact us at  +1 877 663 3494.