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What You Ought To Know About Millipedes In New Castle

March 31, 2021


Located close to America’s garden capital, New Castle boasts splendid parks and pristine yards and gardens that enhance its historic charm and beauty. If you’ve been gardening outdoors in spring, you have probably encountered creepy-crawly millipedes hiding under rocks, flowerpots, or the playset out in the yard. When you startle a nocturnal millipede, it will avoid any awkward social interaction with you, using its many legs to try and retreat to a new hiding spot. But even with all those legs, the millipede makes a slow get-away.

Millipedes: Millipedes, which means “one thousand legs,” may look like they have one thousand legs, but they actually don’t. Depending on the species, they might have as few as 75 legs, but never more than 750. Millipedes have cylinder-shaped worm-like bodies with two pairs of legs per body joint. They can range in size from just 1/8th of an inch to a full 14-inches long! The coloring of millipedes depends on the species. Millipedes tend to be brown, black, or orange.

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A Nuisance Pest To Avoid Handling

Millipedes pose little risk to your New Castle property or your health. They are generally considered nuisance pests. But it is wise to avoid handling millipede.

Millipedes have an important defense mechanism to protect themselves from predators. When millipedes are surprised or attacked by predators, some species secrete a toxin that contains hydrochloric acid. This toxin may help freeze smaller insects like ants so that the millipede can make their escape. While this toxin doesn’t tend to affect humans, some people can be sensitive to the toxin which might cause discoloration or a rash. If you do handle millipedes, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.

Why Outdoor Millipedes Go Indoors

Millipedes have a very important job to do in the ecosystem. They are detritivores that decompose matter and recycle nutrients into the soil. For that reason, they love moist, warm habitats as they use their cylinder body shape to tunnel through soil. As they work, millipedes chow down on a diet of decaying leaves, fungus, and maybe a snail or two. Millipedes need moisture in their habitat because they lack a special coating on their exoskeleton that helps them stay hydrated. That’s why property owners will find them in garden beds, around woodpiles, or underneath stones and yard decorations. When drought conditions or excess rain affect their habitats, guess what they do? They head to places in and around your New Castle home.
Property owners tend to find millipede infestations in the more humid areas of the house like garages, basements, and crawl spaces. If property owners have an infestation, there’s a high probability that millipedes have laid eggs in the soil around the property. Millipedes can lay anywhere from 20 to 300 eggs at a time!
If you don’t want to have a house full of millipedes, there are some preventative steps you can take to avoid a millipede infestation. One way of keeping your New Castle property a millipede-free zone is to keep your yard clean of wood debris, compost piles, and dense shrubs. Inside, you can use a dehumidifier and good ventilation to make those perfect hideaways in and around your property less attractive to millipedes.
To rid your New Castle property of millipedes once and for all, look no further than Moyer Pest Control. For 150 years, Moyer Pest Control has protected New Castle properties from pests of all shapes and sizes. Contact the professionals at Moyer Pest Control for advice and assistance.

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