Have you ever come across a millipede and been concerned about the possibility of it causing you harm? Their profusion of legs and elongated bodies give them a menacing appearance, but do they present a threat to human beings? Brooks Pest Control can help you understand more.
More about millipedes.
Millipedes are characterized by their long, segmented bodies that are covered in a multitude of minute legs. Because of their name, millipedes are frequently misinterpreted; in actuality, distinct millipedes have leg counts ranging from 30 to 400.
Where Is It Possible to Find Millipedes?
Millipedes can be found worldwide in wet environments such as gardens, forests, and caves.
What do millipedes consume for food?
Millipedes consume decomposing plant matter, such as bark, wood, and leaves, as their primary food source. In addition to algae and fungi, they will occasionally consume insects of a smaller size.
Are Millipedes Capable of Biting and Causing Harm?
Millipedes offer little danger to people in the vast majority of situations. They will not hurt you in any way, as they do not bite or sting. However, the protective fluid released by some species of millipedes can irritate the skin or even cause an allergic reaction in specific individuals. If handled roughly or walked on, this fluid can also be expelled from a millipede, producing a stain on whatever it touches. This can happen when the millipede is dealt with around or stepped on. Millipedes pose no threat to human health but can become a nuisance if they invade large numbers and feed on the plants or crops in your garden.
How to Get Rid of Millipedes in Your Own Home?
Getting rid of millipedes in the house is not a simple task, but there are a few things you can do, including the following:
- The first thing you need to do to get rid of millipedes is locate the location where they are breeding and then thoroughly dry them off.
- Put a dehumidifier in your house to lower the relative humidity, and caulk any cracks or holes in the foundation or the walls to prevent millipedes from entering.
- Killing millipedes or keeping them at bay can be accomplished using insecticides or naturally occurring repellents such as diatomaceous earth or aromatic oils.
- After they have been swept up or vacuumed up, it is helpful to dispose of the millipedes appropriately to prevent more infestations. This can be done.