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How to Get Rid of Millipedes


Have you recently spotted a reddish brown worm like creature making its way around your property? Many may confuse this anthropoid with a centipede as they have many similar characteristics. Nevertheless, you have no reason to worry.

This guide will be a solution to all your millipede problems and will give you ways to prevent them from happening anytime in the future. You just need a little determination and these millipedes will be defeated in no time!

How to Differentiate

Millipedes have a more rigid figure as compared to centipedes. Millipedes have two pairs of legs on each body segment whereas centipedes have one. Now that you know this major difference, you may continue on your quest of getting rid of these creepy crawlers!

What is a Millipede?

Millipedes are in the Diplopoda class and they are not insects! Fun Fact: There are 6,000+ species of this single pest. They are more similar to crustaceans and spiders than they are to any insect. If a millipede is living in its desired habitat, it lives up five to seven years! They feed on dead and decomposing organic matter. They go through the cycle of shedding their exoskeletons and every time this process takes place, they produce new legs almost immediately. They usually begin to come into our homes when the weather outside starts getting cold. They try to find a warm place to spend the winter. If there is excessive rain, it triggers them to move out of their homes and come into ours!

Be careful!

Once they have reached a certain level of maturity, they lay up to 300 eggs at a time!

Millipedes become a problem when they are in your home, MAKE THEM STOP!

3 Genius Ways to Control Millipedes

  1. Fix All Cracks

This is the ticket in! Although this task is demanding, you need to understand that it is not impossible. You will need to go around your house with a sealant and cover up all cracks and crevices. What you will need to make sure of is that you cover even the smallest openings possible. Putting boric acid in the cracks will be efficient in getting rid of them. Boric acid has properties that allow it to stick to the millipedes and poisons their stomach. Diatomaceous earth is also a wonder that works really well. It has extremely hard-fossilized diatoms that give the millipedes cuts, which cause it, dehydrate, and die.

  1. Control the Moisture – Inside

Millipede requirement: HIGH levels of humidity. The drier you keep your house, the less chance of having unwanted guests. What you can do is buy dehumidifiers and get fans in the rooms that do not have ventilation to ensure that the room is dry at all times. Check to see if you have any water dripping from the walls, ceiling, or the sink, and if you see drippings, FIX THEM. As a method of keeping them out, put the heat up so they can find a way out for themselves.

  1. Control the Moisture – Outside

Only Mother Nature can control the amount of rain you are getting, but you can control some aspects as well. You will need to see if your gutter is gathering and rerouting the water correctly. If there are any leakages, which are letting rainwater in, make sure to conceal them. Watering your lawn in the morning is a good option as it will be dry in the afternoon. You can add wood ash to your soil as it has abilities to prevent millipedes. Wood ash helps dry the soil causing the millipedes to stay away.

Remove any excess leaf litter, mulch and other piles that are close to the structure, to prevent entry.  You want to discourage infestations.

Turn to Pesticides

Millipedes are mostly harmless to pets and humans, but having them in your house is an annoyance. Their existence can become a pain for those who have a lot around. However, people with allergies can be affected by the millipedes. Once they die, they leave behind a very unpleasant smell causing the entire area to stink. Be careful you do not squish them because their fluids have the tendency to leave stains. Pesticides are available online, at gardening stores and can be ordered online. The forms of pesticides available are sprays and powders.

  1. Pesticide Spray:

When you are getting the pesticide, you need to keep in mind that it needs to have active ingredients in order to kill them immediately and prevent further infestations.  It is better to control them on the outside, so apply a good residual product such as Reclaim IT, 3 feet up and 3 feet out from the structure.  The active ingredients should include one of these actives Bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, pyrethrins and boric acid.  Spray the inside crack and crevices with a residual, you can purchase most in an aerosol form to make it easy to apply.

  1. Pesticide Powder:

Powders can be tricky yet helpful! When you are putting the powder, make sure you are not putting it in a moist place, as it will make the powder wet and useless. The powder is put in cracks, crevices, and any place where there is an infestation. The active ingredients found in the powders should include pyrethrins, piperonyl and diatomaceous earth.  Certain dust will hold up well to moisture, checkout D-fense Dust.  Want more information you can checkout our millipede section.  


Control what is in Your Power!

Millipedes will not come in if they have no way in. Therefore it is your responsibility to fill any openings that lead directly into your house. Prevention is always better than the cure, and will ensure that there is no millipede infestation in your future.


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