Millipedes Removal: Millipedes are dark brown, worm-like creatures with up to 400 very short legs. They have 2 pairs of legs per body segment. Millipedes are about 1 to 1 ½ inches long. As a matter of fact millipedes have hard shells and will scavenge just about anything for food. Usually they feeds on decaying organic matter. Millipedes are most active at night and hide beneath objects where it is dark and damp.
Millipedes removal may not easy using do it your own techniques. 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.
Millipedes Removal: 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. Millipedes live outdoors or in damp locations such as greenhouses and hide during the day under leaves. They are most active at night when the humidity is higher or when dew is present.
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. 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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