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Common Creepy Crawlies In PA Homes

August 28, 2013

Millipedes In PA Homes

We get lots of calls every day from concerned home owners about the creepy crawlies that have invaded their homes.  Lately, we’ve had a lot of calls about millipedes and silverfish. Because of this, we thought it important to let you know a little more about these pests so that you can identify them for yourself should you see some around or inside your home. 

Millipedes: These are not actually insects; millipedes are arthropods, which are invertebrate animals that have exoskeletons, a segmented body and appendages that are jointed.  They do not have 1,000 legs, like their name suggests, but they do have anywhere between 80 and 400 legs, depending on the species.  Millipedes have two sets of legs for every segmented section of their body and when they move, they appear to be travelling in a wave-like motion, but yet they move very slowly. They feed on damp and decaying vegetation outside your home but will venture indoors when it gets too hot and dry outdoors. Because millipedes in PA need moisture to survive, you may find them in the dark and damp areas of your home, including basements and areas underneath sinks. Inside your home, they will feed on small insects; they will even feed on their own shed exoskeletons when necessary. 

Silverfish: These are small insects that have a long and slender tear-shaped body. They are flat and measure between .5 and 1.5 inches long.  They get their name from their silver-blue coloring and the almost fish-like manner in which they move across the floor.  Silverfish need areas of high humidity to survive, so just like the millipede, when it gets too hot or dry outdoors they will venture indoors to look for sources of moisture. You may find them in basements, kitchen cupboards, laundry rooms and other damp places inside the home. They will feed on starch or anything that contains polysaccharides, including sugar, photographs, paper, book bindings, glue and wallpaper paste. 

When people find out that they have silverfish inside their home, one of the first questions we get is “do silverfish bite?” The answer is no, silverfish are not known to bite and they are not known to spread any diseases. They are simply a nuisance pest that can become a problem when they enter in large numbers, similarly to the millipede. Millipedes in PA don’t bite either, but may emit a foul smelling liquid that some entomologists believe is toxic to their insect prey and to small animals. This liquid can sometimes be sprayed several inches and has been known to cause blisters or irritation on the skin should a human come into contact with it. 

Neither one of these creepy crawlies should cause you stress; our home pest control programs at Moyer can help get rid of these pests and then offer you recommendations on how to modify your property and make it less attractive to invading millipedes and silverfish.   

As a professional pest management company, it is our belief that no one should have to deal with the effects of nuisance and bothersome pests inside their homes. When choosing the Exterior Guard, the Complete Home Guard and the Complete Home Guard Plus program, you can be sure that your home is protected from nuisance pests like millipedes and silverfish in PA. Contact the professionals at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor today for more information on our home pest control programs to protect your home and family from nuisance pests as well as damaging pests like carpenter ants, rodents and termites

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