Even though millipedes are not able to bite or sting, they can still present significant issues for homeowners and business owners in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware areas. These invasive pests can emit a smelly and irritation-causing fluid and can stain surfaces they travel on. They can also be toxic to pets as millipedes have defensive sprays that can cause an allergic reaction. With a lifespan that can reach up to 10 years, millipedes won’t go away from your home or business on its own. Property owners need professional pest control and to control and prevent millipedes.
To protect your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware home or business from millipedes, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What Are Millipedes?
A millipede is a small, worm-like creature that’s part of the arthropod group. These slow-moving creatures inhabit all areas of the globe (except Antarctica) including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. You’ll typically find millipedes along the forest floor or just below the surface of your yards and landscaping. During certain times of the year and while mating, millipedes have been known to find their way into homes and businesses causing issues requiring professional pest control. Millipedes are primarily classified as detritivores and omnivores. Detritivores eat organic waste, such as dead trees, plants, or animals. Omnivores have the same diet as detritivores with the addition of live plants.
How Do I Identify Millipedes?
Identifying millipedes is fairly easy as these pests don’t resemble the look of many others in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware areas. The pest control experts at Viking Pest explain millipedes have long cylindrical bodies that are segmented with a pair of legs attached to each segment. Most millipedes have between 30 and 90 pairs of legs stretching the length of their bodies. Most millipedes are one to two inches in length and black or brown. Millipedes do resemble centipedes; however, they have two pairs of legs per segment instead of one pair. Centipedes are also considerably faster than the slow-moving millipedes.
How Do I Get Millipedes?
Unfortunately, millipedes can choose to inhabit your home or business property without much input from you. These nuisance pests look for cool, damp ground like flower beds, gardens, leaf piles, mulch beds, or similar environments. Year-round, but especially during the fall, spring, and summer seasons, millipedes may migrate into structures in great numbers. Pest control experts at Viking Pest state unsecured areas of your structures and property can be exploited by these pests in search of ideal conditions.
How Long Do Millipedes Live?
The lifespan of millipedes can be anywhere from a few weeks up to a decade depending on the type of millipede and the conditions of their environment. Without optimal cool, damp conditions and extensive food sources, millipedes are believed to only live for a few weeks.
What Are the Effects of Millipedes In and Around My Home or Business?
While millipedes are not able to bite or sting like some nuisance pests, they are unwelcome guests in most homes and businesses. Exterminators explain millipedes excrete (and sometimes shoot) a smelly fluid that can be irritable to the skin and stain surfaces. This fluid is not toxic to humans, but it can be toxic to animals and pets.
The main diet of millipedes is decaying wood and plant material. However, if deprived of optimal sources, these creatures will consume living plants or decomposing animals to satiate their palette.
How Do I Prevent Millipedes?
Millipede prevention with DIY treatments can be a challenge as these slow-moving pests are creative with gaining access to homes and businesses. Pest control experts at Viking Pest are trained in minimally invasive techniques to remove an existing infestation and provide ongoing millipede control. Certified pest management professionals from Viking Pest will perform a detailed inspection of your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home or business to find millipede entry points and will create a millipede control treatment plan specifically for your home or business.