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What Souderton Property Owners Ought To Know About Effective Centipede & Millipede Control

July 8, 2020


The average person is not a pest control expert. It isn’t commonly known how to deter insects and creatures from coming into your Souderton home or business and causing you trouble. However, there are general tips that get passed around by word of mouth. For example, many folks are aware that proper food storage can reduce the chances of a roach infestation. There are also pointers for rodents and ants that are widely shared.

Centipedes & millipedes, however, aren’t discussed much. The thing that’s said about them the most is that they’re creepy and have a lot of legs. They come with their own risks and should be monitored like any other critter. Learn now how to identify and prevent them, and how Moyer Pest Control can intervene to help.

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Centipedes & Millipedes: Appearance, Behavior, & Risks

Centipedes range in size from less than an inch long, to five inches. Their flat, elongated, and segmented bodies vary in pattern and color, but many are red-orange or brown. They have long antennae and 15 to 177 legs, which help them run extremely fast. To catch prey, like spiders and worms, they use their claws and poison their targets with venom. With that in mind, you probably have other pests on your property if centipedes start to show up.

Millipedes in North America are generally an inch long or less, with brown or black coloration. They too have segmented and slim bodies, but they’re rigid. The highest amount of legs on record for millipedes is 750. Since they consume organic matter, these bugs nest in wood, dying plants, and mulch. They’ll slip beneath rocks and trash cans as well. Though they prefer to be outdoors, they’ll go inside your property if conditions become too warm or dry. Typical entry points are openings around foundations, doors, and vents.

Three important things to know about centipedes and millipedes are:

  • Gravitation areas: Centipedes and millipedes need moisture and favor darkness, so they’ll gravitate to sinks and tubs, garages, basements, laundry rooms, and closets.

  • Signs of infestation: These bugs are usually active at night. That said, you might have an infestation if you see them while the sun is up.

  • Risks and hazards: When a centipede bites you, it will be moderately painful and cause mild skin irritation. They leave stains when they’re smashed. If you are in contact with the defensive fluid of a millipede, you may get blisters on your skin.

Centipedes & Millipedes: How to Prevent Them

Centipedes and millipedes are less likely to crawl on your property if you do the following things:

  • Have moisture problems and leaks repaired.

  • Clean your air vents and gutters often.

  • Make use of dehumidifiers.

  • Avoid stacking boxes and storage items against the wall.

  • Keep clutter down.

  • Routinely vacuum.

  • Have cracks around windows, foundations, and doors sealed.

  • Tend to your yard and landscaping, and have greenery distanced from your door.

  • Keep decaying wood and dead leaves off your lawn.

  • Clean outdoor units, such as sheds, storage spaces, and dog houses.

Call Moyer Pest Control if you have issues with other critters centipedes and millipedes eat.

Moyer Pest Control Centipede & Millipede Extermination

Centipedes and millipedes can be hard to eliminate because they’re nocturnal and nest in hard to reach places. You could try independent methods to kill them, but it’s going to be tricky getting to the heart of an infestation. By contacting Moyer Pest Control, you’ll know things will be done correctly and successfully. We use state-of-the-art equipment to get centipedes and millipedes out. Our monthly plans are affordable and are packed with great perks, like service guarantees and quarterly visits. Call or email us today!

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