This is the twelfth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you don’t like creepy-crawlies, then millipedes are probably not your favorite bug. These freaky critters look like a worm with lots of little legs. In fact, the name millipede roughly translates to “a thousand feet.” They don’t really have that many feet, but they do have a lot!
Millipedes are usually black or brown and an inch or two long (although some very exotic species can get much longer). They move much slower than centipedes. You’ll also notice that a millipede will ball itself up if you poke it. The millipede coils up in that way as a defense mechanism.
One of its other defenses is to emit a stinky liquid when it is scared or disturbed. This liquid can be poisonous to other bugs, but isn’t likely to affect humans (although it’s best to use caution and not handle them directly to avoid irritation).
Where will you find millipedes?
Almost always, you will find millipedes outside of the home rather than inside. They feed on organic vegetable matter (like dead plants) and aren’t much interested in what’s inside your house. If you pick up stones or flower pots outside, you might find a millipede. Sometimes a heavy summer rain will flush them out onto pavement or sidewalks.
If a millipede does get inside, it might have traveled there in a potted plant, a piece of firewood or other “outdoor-to-indoor” transplants.
If you want to get rid of a millipede, squash it! Or, use a broom and dustpan to sweep it up and relocate it back outside.
If you are really squeamish about this bug, call a friendly neighbor for help. Don’t worry, a millipede will move too slowly to go far before you can call for assistance.
If you are finding millipedes in your house a little too frequently, then you should consult a pest control service and they can advise you of the best course of action.
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