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Millipedes Facts & Information

How To Identify & Control Stink Bugs

Appearance

What Do They Look Like?

  • Size: 2.5 to 4 cm  long
  • Color: Common North American species are brownish in color.
  • Body & Legs: Long and slender, millipedes look like worms with legs. They are segmented, with two pair of legs per segment.

How Did I Get Millipedes?

They usually dwell in damp areas outdoors but can migrate inside if their habitat outdoors becomes too hot and dry. Once inside, they may hide under furniture or boxes of stored items.
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How Serious Are Millipedes?
Signs of an Infestation

Signs of an Infestation

Millipedes do not bite or sting, nor do they do any damage to stored food, structures, or furniture. However, there are some species of millipedes that excrete a defensive fluid that irritates the skin of people who handle them or otherwise come into contact with those toxic millipede species.

Since the pests are most active at night, their appearance can scare homeowners moving boxes or other items. Millipedes also move in large numbers, so they can become a major nuisance and cause quite a fright to unsuspecting people or pets. But, since millipedes feed on and thus decompose organic matter, they are actually very beneficial to the environment.

Prevention Tips

Other than the sightings of the millipedes, there aren't many distinct signs of their presence.

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Millipedes Facts

  • Millipedes Do Not Have 1,000 Legs. 
  • Millipedes Have 2 Pairs of Legs Per Body Segment. 
  • Millipedes Only Have 3 Pairs of Legs When They Hatch.
  • Millipedes Coil Their Bodies Into a Spiral When Threatened.
     
     
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