Millipede

Millipede

Millipedes are commonly referred to as thousand leggers. They are wormlike animals with many body segments, each of which contains two pairs of legs. Millipedes feed on decaying vegetable matter often found under flower pots, stones, boards, and other landscaping where there is plenty of moisture. They tend to coil up tightly when disturbed and some can secrete a foul-smelling fluid. They are very prevalent after heavy rains or during cold weather and can readily migrate into buildings. Removal of an interior infestation can be as simple as a broom and dustpan. However, large numbers of millipedes inside typically means surrounding areas outside the structure are breeding sites. Outdoor perimeter application of granular insecticides in compost piles, decaying vegetation, and mulch areas will usually achieve good control of millipedes.