CENTIPEDES AND MILLIPEDES
HOW TO CONTROL THEM
Centipedes and Millipedes seem to appear in great numbers after a heavy rain,
although drought conditions may also bring them out in the open. The heavy rain forces them to leave their habitats, under
rocks, mulch, wood debris, leaves, and cement slabs Spraying a good residual spray or powder such as boric acid or diatomaceous
earth into the cracks and crevices where you are seeing them should keep them under control. Sticky traps or spider traps
may also so help in their elimination.
Home Remedy---A two or three inch wide barrier of all natural Diatomaceous Earth
spread around your outside foundation (if seeing them outside) or around the edges of your basement (if seeing
them in your basement) will kill them. Only a thin layer is needed. It may take two or three days before all are dead.
DE can be purchased at most hardware or farm stores.
Picture of a Millipede (some refer to them as wire worms) climbing up cement foundation after
a heavy rain storm
What Do They Look Like
I have little brown worms that have lots of legs and curl up. What are they? This
is a question I get asked quite often in they summer months. The answer is millipedes. Millipedes and centipedes closely resemble
each other, both being multi-segmented and possessing numerous pairs of legs. Some millipedes are rounded in body shape while
others are flattened; the same holds true for centipedes. The difference between the two is easy enough millipedes have two
pairs of legs per body segment, while centipedes have only one pair per body segment. Centipedes are also equipped with a
pair of chelicerae (jaws) tipped with sharp fangs, and larger species can inflict a nasty bite. Millipedes are some
times called wire worms. When they are at rest they coil up and look like they are dead.
Most types of millipedes have less than 400 legs
|Millipede Picture (top) Centipede (bottom)
HOW TO TREAT A CENTIPEDE BITE
Put ice on the area of the bite for ten minutes and then take
off for ten minutes. Repeat as needed. Decrease the time to prevent possible damage to the skin. A trip to the emergency
room should not be needed for a centipede bite, but you should contact Poison Control just to make sure.
The jaws of centipedes are weak and can rarely penetrate human skin. The larger
centipedes may be able to bite through the skin of a human. The rare individuals who are bitten may experience localized swelling
and pain no worse than a bee sting.
Centipedes capture their insect or spider prey with powerful claws on the first pair of legs. A centipede
will inject a venom into the prey from special venom glands. Most centipedes people encounter, including the house centipede,
are too small to bite humans. Larger centipedes can impart a painful bite but the venom generally is not a problem.
for all the useful information about millipedes. I recently had a bad infestation of millipedes on the north side of my house.
They seemed to be coming up through some large cracks in my blacktop driveway and then crawled to my foundation wall
and entered into my basement and the living areas of my home. Here's the way I finally stopped them dead in their tracks without
using any harmful insecticides. I placed a one inch wide strip of vaseline along the bottom of my foundation on the north
side of my home. The little buggers got stuck in the vaseline and eventually would die. After about a week of the sticky vaseline
treatment, no more millipedes. I thought your readers might find this home remedy helpful.
Cant sleep because of centipedes
I have a problem with some sort
of bug resembles a centipede. i was wondering how to get rid of them. if i call an exterminater will they get
rid of the problem. they are in my house and all over the place. i am deathly afraid of bugs and i cant sleep
at nite. i would really appreciate ur help ASAP....
Since you are loosing sleep over these bugs, having an exterminator treat your house would be the
best thing to do. They should have no problem getting rid of them although it may take some time. Most pest control companys
guarantee their work.