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Millipede Pest ID Photo

Nickname: Thousand leggers, 1000 leggers

Recognition:

Adults are about 1/16” to 4 ½” long. Usually cylindrical in shape and worm-like in appearance. Most body segments bear 2 pairs of legs, except first 3-4 segments and last 1-3 segments.

Biology:

Millipedes have high moisture needs. They are often found in decaying vegetation such as under trash, piles of grass clippings, mulch and leaf litter.

What you can do:

Habit control can go a long way into prevention. Run a dehumidifier in basement and keep the grass mowed regularly. Make sure down spouts funnel water way from the foundation. Sprays tend to work well for the occasional pill bugs. In cases of heavy activity, there might be a gap onto of the foundation or poor fitting door allowing them into the home.

What we can do:

On the inside, we will pay special attention to the basement, as this is generally the most humid area of the home. We will treat around the floor joists and also around the perimeter of the basement floor. On the exterior, we will treat around the perimeter of the home, under siding, around pipe and wire entrances, and areas of dense vegetation to create a barrier that will prevent them from entering in the first place. Our regular service programs will maintain this barrier year round to keep these and other unwanted pests out.

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