Millipedes, like their cousin the centipede, are not actually insects. They are classified in the phylum Arthropoda and subphylum Myriapoda. Myriapoda literally means “myriad of legs.”  

Physical Characteristics & Habitat

Myriapods all have a single pair of antennae, a mouth on the underside of the head, and they all prefer to live in moist areas. Around Michigan and Boston, millipedes are most likely to be found in flowerbeds and gardens. Millepedes can also be found under piles of vegetation such as dead leaves, grass clippings, and mulch. This is because millipedes flourish in soft, damp habitats and they eat dead, organic materials such as leaves and wood fibers.

How Millipedes Get Inside

Millipedes are known to migrate after heavy rain storms and in order to prepare for winter. Millipedes regularly appear on porches of Michigan and Boston homes. They are particularly creative at finding entryways into homes. Those include crawlspace vents, basement doors and windows, and other unsealed areas such as those with worn or missing weather stripping. Millipedes are fond of basements and crawlspaces because they are usually dark and quiet. Storage boxes, and wood scraps and pieces in basements and crawlspaces make such areas especially desirable to millipedes.

Capable of Overwintering

Millipedes are yet another pest that makes winter service in Michigan and Boston a must. Millipedes are capable of living for several years. Thus, millipedes, like other pests who survive harsh climates, are capable of establishing harborage and overwintering inside homes.

What proof. Professionals Do To Get Rid Of Millipedes

We can get rid of any millipede issues you’re experiencing with our Residential Insect & Spider Service. This service includes coverage for millipedes, 30+ other insects and bugs, and rodents like mice. Best of all, we visit your home each season as part of this service so you get pest free protection all year. Call today and we’ll tell you how it works and how you can be done with millipede pest activity!


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