Millipedes are arthropods that typically live happily outdoors. As long as they have easy access to warm, moist soil or rotting mulch or wood and have plenty of vegetation and dead leaves to munch on, they aren't known to sneak indoors often. 

 

Why Are Millipedes Invading Your Home and How Do You Get Rid of Them? 

 

Millipedes are arthropods that typically live happily outdoors. As long as they have easy access to warm, moist soil or rotting mulch or wood and have plenty of vegetation and dead leaves to munch on, they aren't known to sneak indoors often. 

Resembling the common earthworm in appearance until they begin moving (their many legs give them away as another species), the millipede is a quiet, non-destructive creature that leaves very few signs of its presence until it is actually spotted in the home. Once you've found one millipede, get ready to spot more, as they tend to enter premises in large numbers. 

While it is reassuring that millipedes do not bite or sting and are considered relatively harmless, they can emit a noxious fluid if they are disturbed or frightened. The liquid can cause stains and be irritating to the skin, so if you have millipedes in the home, you want to make sure your kids and pets don't find them. Better yet, you want to get rid of these pests as soon as you can. 

Learn why millipedes are coming into your home and how you can get rid of them. Taking action is the best way to prevent your home from a full infestation and to keep it from happening again. 

Why Millipedes Are in Your House 

The biggest reason why millipedes are getting in your home is because they are seeking a warm, moist place to call home. For this reason, you are more likely to see these strange, multi-legged creatures crawling into your basement, crawl space or laundry room during the fall or winter months and simply invading your garden or leaf piles in the spring and summer seasons. 

Millipedes are not diggers or burrowers in the home, nor are they chewers of wood like some species of ants and termites. Still, their large invasive numbers and foul odor when frightened are reasons enough to get rid of these creatures, hopefully for good. 

How to Get Rid of Millipedes 

Millipedes are not aggressive home invaders. They simply get indoors via cracks and open spaces that are large enough for their tubular bodies to fit through. For example, millipedes may get in if you have any cracks in your windowsills, leave a door or window open (like a garage door) or if you have a crawl space with poor sealants. 

Getting rid of millipedes requires the skill of a professional pest removal expert. A pest specialist will examine your home for known millipede hangouts and will also remove mulch piles, rotting wood and other tempting millipede resources from the foundation of your home. Once millipedes have been found in an area of your home, your pest removal specialist will use a variety of methods to eradicate them. 

Millipede traps, chemical gases, exterior foundation sprays and drying out humid areas of your house are common methods to remove millipedes. Once they are removed, your pest control specialist will help you prepare your property to make it less inviting for millipedes to return in the future when they go through their breeding season again in the warmer months. 

While they may seem like an unusual or unexpected house guest, millipedes have been known to enter properties in massive numbers from time to time. If this happens to your home, you want to take action quickly. Call your pest removal expert as soon as you see a single millipede in your 

home so they can help you get rid of these smelly, odd pests successfully. We handle many kinds of pest problems at Ace Walco Termite & Pest Control. Call us today to get assistance with your insect, spider or rodent infestation.

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