December 15, 2020


How Much Do You Really Know About The Millipedes In Montgomery?

When we think about places where we like to be alone, the bathroom is one of the first that comes to mind. Even for us married Montgomery residents, we still enjoy some alone time every now and again. Sometimes, the bathroom is the only place in the house to find a little peace and quiet, especially if young children are running around.

a millipede crawling on a fallen tree

That’s what makes millipedes so frustrating. They almost always seem to invade our bathrooms and basements the most. They also have a knack for crawling out from under the bathroom counter when we least expect it, catching you with your pants down, literally. Getting crawled in on while you’re doing your business is not the best feeling in the world, but those days could soon be over.

Thousand-Legged Threat?

While most people familiar with the metric system realize that millipedes should have somewhere around 1,000 legs, that’s just one of the many misconceptions about these small home-invaders. Most millipedes just have 30 to 90 pairs of legs. The most legs on any millipede species is only 333 pairs in all. Even though they typically have more legs than their centipede cousins, millipedes are usually a little bit shorter in length. They typically only grow to about four and a half inches long at the most.
 
Their colors can vary with different shades of red, orange, and unique patterns, but most of them are black or brown. You’re most likely to see them moving around at night (which is probably when you least want them to surprise you). Fortunately, millipedes don’t pose a threat to property, pets, or humans, aside from those with an allergy, which can lead to skin irritation upon contact.

Prevention Techniques

These nocturnal creatures will usually feed on decaying vegetation. Outside, they prefer to hide in areas of moist soil where they can scavenge for food. You’ll probably find them wedged under piles of debris, lawn decorations, or items in your garden. Inside your house, you’re most likely to find them in areas with the most moisture buildup, as millipedes prefer a very damp environment. That’s why they’ll mostly frequent your basement and bathrooms.
 
Without a food source and high moisture content, millipedes won’t survive more than a few days inside your house. Using this weakness to your advantage, you can turn your home and property into a much less ideal habitat for millipedes:

  • Use a dehumidifier in damp basements and crawl spaces to limit millipede attraction.
  • Monitor any pipes, especially under your bathroom sinks, for small leaks that can create moisture buildup.
  • Mow your lawn regularly so your grass won’t retain too much moisture.
  • Water your lawn early in the day to allow the grass to dry and provide a less conducive environment for pests.
  • Clear up lawn debris, leaf piles, and grass clippings. These are ideal hiding spots for millipedes.
    Store firewood off of the ground to limit potential millipede nesting areas.

Another potential moisture problem is caused by rain. Most homeowners don’t worry about the direction in which rainwater runs off of their roof, but this can make a huge difference. Using an effective gutter and downspout system to limit large pools of water near the house can keep the millipedes in the yard rather than inviting them closer to the foundation.
 
While these methods can be very effective, trying to control pests on your own can lead to frustrating and inconsistent results. For results you can count on, professional pest control methods are always most effective. Contact the professionals at Bill Clark Pest Control today for more advice or assistance.




 
 

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