What do millipedes look like?

Millipedes are blackish or brownish arthropods that have elongated and segmented bodies that are very wormlike. Each segment of their bodies have two pairs of legs. Despite their name, millipedes do not have a thousand legs; the number varies by species but ranges 30 to 90+ pairs of legs. 


millipede curled up on ground

Why do I have millipedes in my house?

Millipedes usually enter homes in search of moisture or food or completely by accident. They are often attracted to damp areas, such as basements and bathrooms. 

Are millipedes harmful?

Millipedes do not bite or sting, and they are not known to transmit diseases. However, some species can secrete a defensive fluid that might cause skin irritation or discoloration.

Are millipedes the same as centipedes?

No, millipedes and centipedes are different arthropods. While they share some similarities, centipedes have one pair of legs per segment and are often carnivorous, while millipedes have two pairs of legs per segment and feed on decaying organic matter. 

How do I get rid of millipedes indoors?

While removing their food sources, installing weather stripping and door sweeps, and vacuuming them up when you come across them, the best way to get rid of millipedes that have found a way into your home is to contact Pine State Pest Solutions for help. Although they are nuisance pests, their presence means that there could be other insects and possibly rodents infesting your home as well. 

Our home pest control services are the ideal solution and target millipedes as well as other house-infesting pests common to Maine. 

How do I prevent millipedes from entering my home?

To prevent millipedes, centipedes, and other pests out of your home, the local pest control pros at Pine State Pest Solutions recommend implementing the follow pest prevention tips: 

  • Seal crack and gaps in doors, window, and foundation walls as well as other openings on the exterior of the house
  • Fix any leaky pipes, faucets, or appliances to reduce moisture
  • Use dehumidifiers to maintain low humidity levels indoors
  • Clear leaves, rotting logs, and other organic debris from your yard

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