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Is It Millipedes Or Centipedes In Your Souderton Home?

March 13, 2020


What do you think of when you hear the words "centipede" or "millipede?" There's a good chance a shiver went down your spine as you pictured a wormy insect with a million legs. Despite that vision, centipedes and millipedes aren't worms; they aren't even insects. They are classified as arthropods because they're invertebrates, like spiders and crustaceans. They have more body segments than insects. Their names suggest 100 or 1,000 legs, but the number can be more or less. It depends on if it's a centipede or a millipede. In any case, you probably don't want them on your property. In today's article, you can find out how to tell the difference, prevent them, and have them eliminated.

Millipedes vs. Centipedes: Looks, Appearance And Behavior

Millipedes are tiny, having bodies from 2.5 to 4 centimeters in length. Those in North America are brownish colored. They are long and slender, which is why people tend to think of them as worms. They have two pairs of legs for each of their segments. There isn't a known species with 1,000 legs. The highest number on record is 750. While they prefer to be outdoors, they will travel inside if their surroundings become too dry and hot. Moisture is key for them. First, they might appear on the patio or porch. Then they'll crawl around the exterior and enter through vents, basements, windows or garages. They move in groups and hide in boxes or under furniture. They typically feed on rotting leaves and wood.

a millipede crawling along a residents fingers

Centipedes are also quite small, ranging from 4 to 152 millimeters long. Their flat, stretched-out bodies are segmented as well. With a pair of legs for each segment, they can have 15 to 177 segments. As mentioned before, the actual number of legs can be over or under what the name implies. They run very fast; putting their many legs to use. Though the shade and pattern of centipedes vary, most are red-orange or brown. On their heads are long antennas. Their claws help them catch spiders and worms when they feed at night. Like millipedes, they love moisture. You'll most likely catch them in sinks and tubs, basements, and closets.
Since both centipedes and millipedes are most active after the sun goes down, they often go unseen by humans. Spotting a single one can be the only sign of infestation.

Millipedes vs. Centipedes: Problems & Prevention

In this area, millipedes and centipedes are similar. While millipedes don't bite, have stingers, or taint food, they release a defensive fluid. This fluid can cause human skin irritation, should one handle or have close contact with them. Centipedes have venom, but it's more of a threat to their insect prey. If they bite humans, it will cause a bit of pain and mild skin irritation. When squashed, they leave stains.
There are several ways to prevent millipedes and centipedes from coming close to your home or getting in:

  • Repair any leaks or water drips.

  • Clean gutters and outside air vents.

  • Use dehumidifiers.

  • Reduce clutter, and avoid stacking stored items against the wall.

  • Vacuum regularly.

  • Seal indoor cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and foundations.

  • Keep mulch and greenery trimmed, and a good distance from your property.

  • Rake your lawn, and throw away any dead leaves or decomposing wood.

  • Keep outdoor storage units and dog houses clean.

  • Call Moyer Pest Control if you have other insects they could feed on, such as spiders.

Millipedes vs. Centipedes: Moyer Pest Control Methods

Fortunately, you can get rid of millipedes and centipedes with one fell swoop. The methods used to eliminate them are the same. Moyer Pest Control has the trained technicians and cutting-edge technology to free you and your property from these multi-leg creatures. We'll inspect your place and figure out how the bugs are getting inside. Chemical treatments, like pesticides, may not be necessary. If so, we'll apply the product to indoor and outdoor spaces where millipedes and centipedes seem to be developing. We'll address entry points, such as gaps and holes around windows, doors, and foundations. Most of all, we'll reduce the chances of a re-occurrence. And we offer effective prevention services. Attempting to take care of millipedes and centipedes yourself may be a hassle. Call us today; we can make it easy and affordable.

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