While millipedes aren’t poisonous or dangerous, they can quickly take over your home or yard. They can enter through openings in your doors, windows, or vents and quickly make your home theirs.
You can remove these annoying arthropods by calling millipede extermination services in Chicago, IL. But first, learn more about what they are and how they invade your home.
What Are Millipedes?
While their name means 1,000, millipedes actually don’t quite have a thousand legs—they have 750 or fewer. They can be a wide variety of lengths, from 2 mm to 35 cm, and are usually black or brown in color. Millipedes live up to 7 years and eat decaying leaves and dead plants.
Millipedes differ from centipedes because they have rounded bodies (centipedes’ bodies are flatter). Each section of a centipede’s body has a pair of legs, while each section of a millipede’s body has two pairs of legs. Finally, millipedes have two short antenna, while centipedes have two long antenna. And centipedes have venomous legs, but millipedes do not.
Millipedes do not bite or sting, but can release a stinky odor to drive away predators. They do not harm humans, although they are an annoyance because they can damage plant seedlings. They can infest your yard, where they lay eggs and spread the infestation. They may even be bold enough to enter your home.
How Do Millipedes Enter Your Home?
In cold or rainy weather, millipedes might look for a warm place to hide. They can enter your home in a variety of ways:
- Garage doors
Millipedes like dark places like basements or under furniture. They may also prefer wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms. They prefer your crawlspace and vents because there is cardboard and dead leaves for them to eat.
To prevent millipedes from entering your home, install weather stripping under your doors. Also, seal any cracks in your doors or windows. You may want to remove moist areas and leaf piles in your yard where millipedes congregate.
How Do You Remove Millipedes?
You can use a vacuum cleaner to remove millipedes, but the best method is to call for millipede removal services in Chicago, IL. At Chem-Wise, we use effective chemicals and safe practices to remove millipede populations and to prevent their unwelcome return.
Call us at 630.236.1600 and we’ll use our 20-plus years of experience to remove the millipedes and restore your peace of mind.