Millipedes normally reside outdoors and enjoy wet damp areas. It is common to find these pests hidden under decaying leaves, in mulch and outdoor plants and vegetables. Millipedes enjoy feeding upon decaying vegetable matter, and also enjoy new roots and green leaves. Removing these types of attractions from your foundation will help keep Millipedes away from your home.

Most of the Millipedes you will find in your home will be small in size, ranging from 1/2- 1 1/2 inch in, and are most commonly found coiled up and resting.

These creatures are more commonly known as “Thousand Leggers,” due to the amount of legs they have down their body. As arthropods, their body can be described as ovals in cross sections, and have two legs attached to each body segment, and each body segment is divided into two smaller sections that appear fused together.

Millipedes do not bite, they do, however, put off a liquid that is toxic to other insects. This liquid can cause pain, itching, discoloration, and burns to people who try to handle them.

Behaviors of the Millipede

  • They are slow moving creatures.
  • Millipedes are problematic during the Fall Season.
  • Over 1,000 different types of this species in the US.
  • They can live for several years.
  • Signs of damage, are stripping of outer layers of plants.
  • They burrow in the ground very fast.


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Source: Truman's Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations- Seventh Edition