July 27, 2021
How Dangerous Are Millipedes In Montgomery?
A millipede has a head with two antennae connected to a long, segmented body. Each segment has two pairs of legs. Movement is slow as the legs advance in a wave-like flow. In Texas, millipedes are typically brownish but can be orange, red, or yellow. They tend to curl up in a spiral when threatened. While millipedes in this part of Texas tend to be less than 1 ½ inches long, there is one type in West Texas that reaches 4 inches long.
Millipedes are nuisance pests. They prefer to stay outdoors but will come in when the weather is extreme or during disasters such as a hurricane. Outdoors, they are found in leaf litter, compost piles, and mulch, and in other places that are moist and sheltered. They look for the same things inside; a humid area that is dark and where they can remain hidden.
While millipedes in Texas are not poisonous and do not bite, they do contain hydrochloric acid, which is not good for people or pets. If a child or a pet eats these creatures, they could get sick. In addition, millipedes can produce a smelly fluid from glands on their legs that can cause skin irritation, blisters, eye irritation, and cause skin discoloration. It can make people who are sensitive to venom very ill. Always wash your hands after handling a millipede until you can no longer smell the fluid.
Lifecycle Of Millipedes
In the spring, millipedes start moving around after being hidden in a warm, safe area all winter. The female lays eggs in the soil and covers them in a sticky substance. A few types of millipedes have live births, but most lay eggs. The eggs hatch several days later, and a small millipede crawls out. It goes through about seven molts in 21-25 weeks, gaining new segments with each molt. Millipedes can live for ten years outside as they eat decaying organic matter. They typically die soon indoors because they cannot find food and they dry out.
Preventing Millipedes In The House
There are some things you can do to prevent millipedes from coming into your house. While millipedes don’t come inside often, and they die quickly when they do, inclement weather can cause a large number of them to enter at once. These tips will help prevent them from coming in at all.
- Move firewood, stones, and compost away from the house.
- Place rocks around your foundation to make it harder for millipedes to enter the house.
- Occasionally turn the mulch in flowerbeds near the house to let the mulch dry out.
- Seal cracks in your foundation.
- Fill the weep holes in brick exteriors with steel wool or copper mesh. (Don’t use steel wool with light bricks because it rusts when wet.)
- Check the seal around doors and windows.
- Seal any spaces around pipes, wires, and cable entrance points.
- Eliminate moist areas in your home.
Getting Rid Of Millipedes
Once millipedes get into the house, they are hard to get out without treating the baseboards, cracks, and crevasses, wall voids, and other places. That can be a lot of work. Bill Clark Pest Control can help. We can send one of our Bugsperts out to your house for a free inspection. They will inspect your house inside and outside, looking for pests and potential problem areas. They can then come up with a plan to get rid of not just millipedes, but all your pests. If you approve, our Bugspert will treat the inside and outside for the pests you have. We are so sure we can solve your pest problems, we offer a 30-day guarantee for the targeted pests. If you see one within 30 days, we will come back and treat it again at no additional charge. Call Bill Clark Pest Control today to get rid of your millipedes and any other pests you have.
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