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How to Control Millipedes

When working on our lawn or garden, we can encounter a variety of bugs which enjoy hanging around our plant life but thankfully a number of them are more ugly than destructive. This is especially the case with millipedes. The millipede is known as the thousand-legged worm and while practically harmless to humans, they can be unsightly to look at. Their disgusting appearance is precisely why, when encountered by homeowners and gardeners, they want a fast solution in getting rid of the creepy crawler.

Millipedes have multi-segmented bodies with 2 pairs of legs attached to each body segment. They are oval shaped and most are slow moving. Millipedes are typically gray to light brown or even orange in color. There are about 1000 species of millipede found in the US alone.

While millipedes rarely ever venture on indoors, outdoors they can become a real nuisance by damaging garden plants or gathering in large numbers. Millipedes usually become an increasing problem after periods of heavy rain. During periods of rain, drought or scarcity in finding food, millipedes will begin migrating and often your home is targeted by these pests. When they die they emit a very awful odor which lingers for some time.

If you have a millipede problem around your home, you can put a stop to it by equipping yourself with the knowledge and top quality products from the experts here at Solutions Pest and Lawn. Below we will show you how to best tackle a millipede infestation and what the best recommended products are to use to eradicate this pest.


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How to Get Rid of Millipedes: Solutions Step Process

Millipedes can be difficult to control without the correct approach. Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we recommend a combination of chemical methods mixed with an organic approach such as exclusion and habitat modification to make the area around your home less favorable to millipedes. Here is the 3 Step process we have to control millipedes which are invading your property.


Step 1: Inspection. This is key to long-term control of millipedes as you need to examine where the millipedes are gathering and what is attracting them to your yard. Finding out where they are breeding and nesting can be a major help in killing off the population all at once. Check around your home and see if you notice any patterns. Inspect any mulch, wood or compost piles, and cracks in the cement.


Step 2: Take measures to make the area around your home less appealing to millipedes. This can be done by remove as much excess organic matter as possible such as piles of weeds, leaves, mulch etc. Reduce or remove excess moisture by fixing leaky pipes and not over-watering your lawn.


Step 3. There are a variety of ways and products you can use to control millipedes which are gathering around your home or have ventured on inside your home. Outdoors, use a granule formulation like Demand G Insecticide Granules and a broadcast insecticide like Permethrin SFR 36.8% to treat your lawn and garden. Indoors use a good residual spray like Vector Ban Plus Permethrin Insecticide or Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide to kill millipedes on contact. These sprays can also be used outside perimeter of the home to create a barrier and inside along baseboards and along cracks and crevices.


Step 4. Make sure that if there are any dead millipedes spotted indoors you vacuum them up immediately because they have a tendency to emit fluids which can stain carpet and create a very strong unpleasant odor. Once the millipede population has been depleted, put into place some exclusions measures like putting screens on your doors and windows and sealing up holes and gaps with caulk to keep millipede and other pests out.


Feel free to browse our millipede control products below and if you ever have any questions or would like some free helpful DIY pest control advice, give us a call or chat with us online. We will be glad to assist you.

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