Millipedes removal may not easy using do it your own technicques and in most cases a pest control expert may need to be hired. Millipedes resemble to Centipedes. Millipedes are highly segmented (20 to 100 body segments). However, millipedes have a cylindrical body with two pairs of legs on most segments, except for the first segment behind the head. Therefore, it does not have any appendages at all, and the next few will only have one pair of legs.
As can be seen, Millipedes are found outdoors in situations where is moisture and decaying organic matter. For example, under trash, grass clippings, mulch, rotting firewood, leaf litter, etc.
As a matter of fact they feed on decaying plant material, therefore they prefer moist places. Indeed Most problem occur when population migrate in to basement area or around doorways at ground level.
It should be noted that their diet consists of damp and decaying wood and plant materials. Generally speaking they scavenge feeding on decaying organic matter.
How to kill Millipedes
Consequently they invade the house during extremely wet seasons or extreme drought. In summary Millipedes usually die within a few days of entering a structure unless there is a source of high moisture and a food supply. Controlling moisture is the best solution to reduce their numbers. It should be noted that Millipedes use both their long back legs and antennae in escaping predators, speedily scuttling away between cracks in rocks, litter, and logs.
Why you have them in your house
Moreover Millipedes can quickly move backwards and sideways if necessary. In addition to poisoning animals with their venomous bite, they can use their long back legs to squeeze a predator. Their venom includes several substances including histamines, serotonin, and cardio-toxins. Apart from this, Millipedes can also, like some insects, crabs, and lobsters, simply “drop” legs held by a predator and run away on their remaining legs. Millipedes have short antennae and move in slow waves, burrowing and eating their way through moist leaf clutter, fungi, and decayed plant material on the ground. As they plow through the soil, munching on dead plants and other vegetation, they aerate and enrich the soil, much like earthworm
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