Millipede Pest Control
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Waltham Pest Control provides house millipede control services to home owners throughout Greater Boston Massachusetts. If you are experiencing frequent millipedes in your home or basement call Waltham Pest Control today and we will provide you with a free estimate to control millipedes in your home.
The millipede is a dark brown, worm-like creature with up to 400 very short legs. It possesses two pairs of legs per body segment. Despite all these legs, a millipede moves slowly. It grows to be about 1 to 1 ½ inches long and has a characteristic habit of curling up tightly when touched, handled, or after it dies. Millipedes are most active at night and commonly hide beneath objects where it is dark and damp. Like the sowbug, the millipede normally feeds on decaying organic matter.
They are not harmful to food, clothes, furniture, or other items within homes, although just their presence can be disturbing. Their preferred habitat is moist, decaying leaf litter or other organic material found around building foundations. When they are found outdoors, we consider them a beneficial group of animals.
During late summer and fall and occasionally during spring and summer, millipedes and sowbugs can leave the soil and leaf litter and crawl into homes, sometimes in very large numbers. They enter through cracks in foundations, around ground-level windows, and under doors. They are commonly found in basements although they may also be found in ground-level rooms. They enter for one of two reasons. First, in the fall, millipedes and sowbugs seek protected places to overwinter. Second, excessive rainfall or ground moisture may force them out of their normal environment in the soil to areas with less moisture. Millipedes and sowbugs can also be found indoors in early spring as they emerge from cracks and crevices where they spent the winter. Sowbugs and millipedes are rarely seen indoors during winter.
It is common for centipedes to actively move indoors from outdoor harborage areas during spring and summer. They are most commonly seen in homes during warm weather. They can be found indoors during winter but are less common.