a millipede outside of a home in jacksonville beach florida

What Do Millipedes Look Like?

Millipedes have worm-like bodies and are typically black or dark brown in color, though some species can be red or orange as well. Some millipedes will have mottled patterns on their bodies. While their name means "thousand feet", most millipedes, depending on their size, have between 30 and 90 legs. When threatened, millipedes curl up into tight balls.

an illustration of a millipede

What Attracts Millipedes?

Millipedes require moisture in order to survive; therefore areas with high moisture levels draw millipedes to them. Millipedes are attracted to and hide underneath decaying piles of vegetation, mulch, landscaping ties, and under trash piles, newspapers, and cardboard boxes. When the weather outside becomes too hot and dry, millipedes enter homes and other buildings while searching for areas of moisture. Once inside, these pests can typically be found hiding out in high humidity areas like basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and crawlspaces.

Are Millipedes Dangerous?

Millipedes are not considered to be a dangerous pest as they do not bite or sting and pose no serious health risks to people. Millipedes do emit a foul-smelling liquid that can cause small blisters on the skin of some people if they come into contact with it. This liquid can also be toxic to smaller pets.

How Do I Get Rid of Millipedes?

Millipedes can find their way into your home through the smallest cracks and crevices in the exterior walls of your home. They hide in dark, hard-to-reach areas of your home, which makes them difficult to find and eliminate from your home. The best way to get rid of invading millipedes from inside of your home is to contact the pest control experts at Lindsey Pest Services.


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