Millipedes, sometimes called “thousand leggers” are found throughout the United States. They are brown and approximately 1 inches long.
- Both adults and young over winter in decaying organic matter such as mulch or under thatch on lawns.
- Can give off an unpleasant odor from openings along side their body when disturbed
- Need high moisture content to stay alive
- Heavy rains or drought can force the millipedes to look for shelter inside homes
Fun Fact: While sometimes called “thousand leggers” millipedes only have about 180 legs or 90 pairs of legs
Control measures include cleaning up accumulated thatch on lawns, move wood piles and use less much in shrub beds. Chemical control is a power spray on the nesting areas that will penetrate the mulch and kill the insects. If millipedes give you that “crawling” feeling it’s time to Call Pest Control Technicians, Inc. for professional and effective treatments!
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