Maryland Millipede Control
Millipedes have hundreds of tiny legs and worm-like appearance certainly look frightening, but their ability to cause serious damage is limited. Even still, no property owner is happy to find that these pests. To protect your home or business from millipedes in Maryland, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What Is A Millipede?
Millipedes found in Maryland are typically small in size and usually black, brown, or red. Millipedes get their name from the Latin word “millipede,” meaning “thousand feet.” Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig explains millipedes are cylindrical, have two pairs of legs per body segment, and an antenna used for sensing food. Interestingly, Millipedes are not considered bugs or insects at all. According to science, they belong to a distinct group known as arthropods and have existed for millions of years.
Millipede Behavior in Maryland
Typically, millipedes are just fine living outside your Maryland residence or business. The Eastern Shore of Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest explain being detritivores, their diet is based on feeding on mostly decaying plant matter, and they like living under rocks, flower beds, mulch beds, and gardens, which provide them with the moisture-rich environment they need to thrive. Millipedes only become a nuisance to homeowners when conditions outside become too dry, and they move indoors in search of a moister environment or after heavy rainfall when millipedes move inside to avoid flooding. The good news is that if you do discover millipedes inside your home or business, they aren’t able to bite or sting you if you try to remove them with a vacuum or broom, but they can still cause trouble. The Eastern Shore of Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest explain some millipede species will secrete a defensive fluid irritating to the skin of people who handle them or otherwise come into contact with them. Getting help from the Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest is the best way to make sure your millipede infestation is handled correctly.
How To Control Millipedes In Maryland
Now that you have a better idea of millipedes and their behavior and preferences, you can work to rid your property of the elements that attract these pests. The Eastern Shore of Maryland exterminators at Viking Pest recommend removing any decaying plant matter such as mulch, leaves, yard clippings, and compost piles. This step will help to decrease significantly the availability of moist areas that millipedes are most drawn to. Next, it’s essential to identify and seal any potential entry points into your indoor space, such as gaps and cracks in the foundation where millipedes may be spawning. Make sure to repair any leaky faucets or pipes and clean out all gutters as millipedes are attracted to dampness and areas that store moisture.
Viking Pest Can Help Get Rid Of A Millipede Infestation In Maryland
If a few millipede sightings turn into a millipede infestation, it makes sense to contact a professional. After all, if a small millipede with no ability to fly can make it inside your home or business, what else might be making its way indoors? Find out when you get a professional inspection of your property for signs of millipede activity and learn how your property can be treated to rid pests as part of Viking Pest’s integrated pest management (IPM). Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent millipedes from invading your home or business in Maryland. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!