Carter Pest Control, Pest Library: Millipede




Millipedes are easy to identify by their characteristically long, round but slightly flattened, wormlike bodies, numerous body segments and numerous legs.  Many confuse centipedes with millipedes; but the two can be distinguished from one another by counting the number of pairs of legs on the body segments: millipedes have two pairs, while centipedes have one pair per segment. In addition, millipedes move slowly with the movement of legs appearing wave-like and are not prone to bite, while centipedes move rapidly and are prone to biting. Most millipede species are less than 1 ½ inch long, Millipedes do not sting, but as their defense mechanism, they will coil up and secrete a fluid to ward off predators, which can irritate eyes, blister the skin, and cause allergic reactions in venom sensitive people.

Be prepared to take action immediately. You may be able to handle minor pest control in your home yourself, but if you find signs of an infestation in or around your home, contact CARTER PEST CONTROL to inspect your property and create a custom plan for your situation.


Millipedes can be found in a number of places in and around your Southern Central United States area home.  As with other pests, the best way to avoid a millipede infestation is to use preventative measures and keep them from settling in and around your home. Preventative measures include reducing areas of moisture in and around your home and sealing off entry points into the house. Check for leafy pipes, large mulch or leaf piles and flowerbeds that retain moisture for long periods of time. In the event of an infestation however, CARTER PEST CONTROL will thoroughly inspect your property, locate the millipedes’ source of moisture and food, and help you decide on the best comprehensive approach.

Servicing the Southern Central United States area, CARTER PEST CONTROL is a full service pest control company with a wide range of pest control solutions. Contact us today to inspect your property and create a custom plan for your situation.


Millipedes spend the winter as adults in protected habitats and may seek shelter in your home. They become active in the spring and are typically found in areas of high moisture and decaying vegetation, such as under trash, in piles of grass clippings, flower-bed mulches, piles of leaves, etc.

Generally, millipedes’ role is a beneficial one in helping to break down dead plant matter. However, when they become numerous, they can become a nuisance, as they begin damaging crops. Millipedes will damage sprouting seeds, seedlings, and strawberries or other ripening fruits in contact with the ground. Although millipedes prefer to live outdoors where there is plenty of damp, dark shelter and decaying matter to feed on, they will also invade your home when it gets dry and hot outside in search for moisture, as well as during cooler weather in search of shelter, and can cause an inside infestation nightmare.

Be prepared this year and contact CARTER PEST CONTROL for all your pest control needs.

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