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Millipede Identification


What are millipedes?

Millipedes are not actually insects, but rather an arthropod. They also do not have a thousand legs like their name implies. Millipedes actually have somewhere between 80 and 400 legs and. Unlike centipedes which they are often mistaken for, millipedes have two sets of legs for every segment of their body and when they move, their legs appear to move in a wave-like motion. A millipede's legs are shorter than a centipede’s and in general, millipedes move much more slowly.

a millipede crawling in the dirt outside of a home in souderton pennsylvania

Why do I have them?

Millipedes typically feed on damp, decaying vegetation and spend most of their lives outdoors in the moist soil. Occasionally, millipedes will leave these damp hiding spots and venture into our homes, but often die due to the lack of available moisture and food sources.

Are millipedes dangerous?

Millipedes are not venomous and do not bite or sting; they can however spray fluid to defend themselves, with some species able to spray this fluid several inches. This fluid may cause irritation to the skin in some people and should be removed right away. It may also be difficult to remove the fluid and may take some scrubbing to get the odor out.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

Millipedes can be a difficult pest to control. A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of millipedes and recommend one of our three levels of pest control to help you get rid of millipedes.

Can I do it myself?

Millipedes are not pests that most homeowners have much success in eliminating on their own. Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays advertised to rid your property of millipedes simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective. Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets, or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose one of our three comprehensive, year-round pest management programs to ensure millipedes stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides professional pest control services in Souderton, Harleysville, Collegeville, and throughout the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery counties as well as parts of the Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. Contact us today to learn more about the services available in your area!


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