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How To Get Rid Of Millipedes In And Around Your Durham Home

April 25, 2023 - millipedes

There are many different kinds of pests that Durham homeowners may face. Some of them, like roaches, fleas, and flies, are common house pests that are frequently encountered. Rodents like mice and rats are encountered often as well. All of these pests can introduce considerable problems into your home. Outside, mosquitoes can easily make pests out of themselves and can be difficult to control using DIY pest control methods. In sufficient numbers, mosquitoes can make your yard nearly unlivable. Millipedes are another, less common type of house pest. They are still encountered often in the area. Though they are not dangerous in and of themselves, and though they are not associated with damaging homes, millipedes are still considered nuisance pests. Millipedes can enter quietly and can be difficult to control once inside.

Are you struggling with a millipede infestation? If so, The Eco Man Pest Solutions professionals stand ready to help you. With over 25 years of experience, we are Durham pest control experts and can help you with any pest infestation, including millipedes. Call us today.

What Do Millipedes Look Like?

Here are some millipede facts: Millipedes look somewhat like worms with legs. Millipedes are segmented into many segments. Where centipedes have one leg per body segment, millipedes are symmetrical and have two legs per segment. Also, where centipedes have longer legs that come out to the side, millipedes have shorter legs that tend to rest underneath the body. Millipedes are dark brown to black and may have red or orange bands marking their segments. Where centipedes move fast, millipedes move at a slow, consistent pace. Millipedes are highly attracted to moist areas. Inside leaks and the wetness they cause are highly attractive to millipedes. In fact, seeing millipedes in your home might indicate the presence of a leak somewhere inside.

If you’ve seen small millipedes in your Durham home and are wondering what to do, all you have to do is contact The Eco Man Pest Solutions. We know what to do about millipedes. We conduct careful inspections and then work with you to solve any pest problems you may have.

Millipedes Are More Of A Nuisance Than A Danger

Where centipedes are predators that hunt other insects, house millipedes are scavengers that feast on organic matter and dead insects. Millipedes don’t sting or bite, and they are not aggressive. If molested or threatened, millipedes release a sticky substance designed to make predators leave them alone. If handled, this noxious substance can cause irritation, but one intended to make you leave the millipede alone instead of continuing to interact with it. Pets can sometimes have a negative encounter with millipedes. They begin a negative encounter with a millipede which causes the millipede to release its noxious substance. Then, if they try to pick the millipede up in their mouth, they get exposed to the substance. Although it won’t hurt your pet, it will definitely leave a bad taste in its mouth. A significant number of millipedes in the home can be unsettling and offputting, but they thankfully do not pose an overt danger to you or your family.

Eco-Friendly And Effective Millipede Prevention Tips

Durham millipedes are small and can get into almost any home. Although they are not overtly dangerous, millipedes can be unsettling and can introduce your pets to noxious substances.

Here are some ways to help decrease your chances of seeing millipedes in your home:

  • Seal windows: millipedes can climb well. Sealing your windows can keep them out.
  • Seal doors: millipedes can fit through small spaces. Make sure your seals are tight.
  • Seal cracks/openings: millipedes can fit through any opening to get inside.
  • Eliminate moisture: millipedes are attracted to moist areas. 

These tips can help decrease your chances of encountering millipedes in your home but they may still make their way in anyway. If you are struggling with millipedes in your home, The Eco Man Pest Solutions can help. Call us today for help.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Millipede Problem

A millipede in your home is unwelcome, and a lot of them are a lot less welcome. If you are struggling with millipedes in your home, The Eco Man Pest Solutions professionals can help. We have over 25 years of experience with all of the pest types that you may encounter in Durham and we can help you. We use the latest, science-based treatments, and enjoy a long history of successfully helping Durham homeowners get rid of any pests they may be dealing with. Call us today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Durham. You will be glad you did.

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