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Millipede Control

The word millipede actually comes from the Latin root words milli┬Ł which means thousand and pede which means foot. Together, millipede actually means thousand feet. Despite their common name, millipedes do not actually possess a thousand legs, even though there is one rare species that has up to 750 legs. Generally, however, they have only about 30 to 90 pairs of legs. This class has about 10,000 different species that can be found all over the world, however, only about 1,000 species can be found in the United States. Although they are not of much of a health threat and are only considered an occasional invader, their slow movements and their frightening appearance, often times scare many people which is the millipedes in house are considered a nuisance pest. For more information on the removal of millipedes in house, feel free to continue reading or give us a call.

Millipede Identification

Fully matured adult millipedes in house range in size and length depending on the species and can range in length anywhere between just 1.5 inches to 4.5 inches long. They are almost worm-like in shape which means that they are not flattened like their cousin, the centipede. Instead, they are cylindrical and elongated in shape. There are a few species that are slightly flattened in shape. Most of their segments have about 2 pairs of legs each with the exception of the first three segments on their bodies which only have 1 pair or even no pairs of legs. They possess very short antennas that are 7 segments long. They undergo a simple metamorphosis, which means that they do not go through the larvae or pupate stage. Instead, they simply keep their shape and form and grow longer with more segments added onto the body. The first instars have no more than 7 segments that make up their body and only 3 pairs of legs. As they molt and develop, they will add more segments and grow more pairs of legs throughout the course of their life.

Millipede in House

Millipedes must overwinter in protected areas during the cold seasons. You will often find millipedes in house in the colder seasons. Although they need to lay their eggs in areas of high moisture areas like inside soil cavities or within organic matters that are decaying, they are able to breed all year round. Millipedes in house development takes a bit longer than some of the more common house pests. There are about 7 to 10 molts until they reach full maturity and it will take at least a complete year until they have matured enough to begin reproducing. For some species, it even takes as long as 5 years. As they molt, they will consume their molted skins to restore all the lost calcium. Once they reach full maturity, adult millipedes will continue to survive for several years. Millipedes are not able to survive without high moisture levels. They will typically be found in areas of high moisture content and in decaying matter. These areas are places like under piles of grass clippings, mulch, in leaf litter, and etc.

Millipedes in house remain active during the night and sometimes, in the fall season, some species of millipedes will migrate in large numbers. Their behavior of migration can be the result of several different situations including heavy rains that have forced them out of their harborage site, dry spells, extremely high numbers in population, warm temperatures, and etc. Many times, when millipedes exhibit this migration behavior, they will move in groups of few hundred individual millipedes all the way up to several million millipedes. They feed on decaying matter and are scavengers. Usually, it will be decaying plant materials that they feed on; however, they are able to feed on dead insects and earthworms. Also, they are not able to survive indoors due to this feeding habit as well as the dry moisture levels inside buildings. Although they may enter a structure, most likely, they will not remain inside.

Millipedes have several defense tactics to protect themselves from predators. Like the pillbug and sowbug, millipedes are able to roll up and only expose their outer shell. Also, they are able to excrete materials, fluids, or odors through the sides of their bodies. In some species, the fluid contains an acid that is toxic to some small animals and arthropods. This acid may also have a negative effect on the skin of people and will leave behind skin blisters.

How to Get Rid of Millipedes

Although they are only considered an occasional invader, millipedes can continue to wander inside structures if their outdoor harboring sites are not eliminated. The most important part of millipede control is mechanical control and exclusion. Mechanical control will involve eliminating all areas that will encourage nesting. This will involve removing debris, leaf litter, grass clippings, accumulations of wood debris and rocks, stored firewood that is close to the ground, and etc. Also, keep areas that are vulnerable to moisture and humidity, like crawl spaces, basements, and attics, dry and well ventilated.

Exclusion involves both mechanical control and chemical control. Seal all cracks and crevices with caulking and inspect utility lines that can lead indoors. Apply appropriately labeled pesticides in the wet-able powder form or micro-encapsulated form to create a barrier around the perimeter of the structure. Because they are crawling insects, the band of insecticide that is made to create a barrier does not have to be very high. Spray insecticide that goes up at least 4 inches from the base of the structure and at least 4 inches out from the base of the structure. Also, insecticides can be applied on perimeter flower and/or ornamental plant beds, crawl spaces, and basements. Dust products can be applied in restricted areas like the crawl space and unfinished basements. Keep in mind that you cannot apply insecticides on vegetable gardens, around and on fruit trees, or around other plants that bear edible materials. Also, all pest control products provide a product label and material safety data sheets. These labels must be thoroughly reviewed before any pesticide is applied.

For more information on millipedes in house or controlling millipedes, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

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Q. Millipedes Control?
Millipedes........thousands every spring.....what is the best insecticide to use outside ?
A.  For outdoor control of millipedes, its best to use a contact kill granule (Talstar PL on the lawn and use a residual spray for perimeter treatment on your structure like Suspend sc .

With the spray, you want to do a thorough treatment which means that you will spray 4ft. up from the base of the structure and 4ft. out from the base of the structure.

You will also target all potential points of entry like door frames, window frames, and any utility lines that enter the building.
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Q. Kill millipedes?
What is best to use a kill millipedes?
A.  Tempo, Suspend, and Talstar are all the top ranking products for general pest control for crawling insects. So really, any of them will work as a liquid concentrate for controlling millipedes.
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Q. house millipede control?
Millipedes........thousands every spring.....what is the best insecticide to use outside ?
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For outdoor control of millipedes, its best to use a contact kill granule (Talstar PL ) on the lawn and use a residual spray for perimeter treatment on your structure like Talstar Pro.

With the spray, you want to do a thorough treatment which means that you will spray 4ft. up from the base of the structure and 4ft. out from the base of the structure.

You will also target all potential points of entry like door frames, window frames, and any utility lines that enter the building.

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I am looking for a spray or a powder that kills millipedes. Please help
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For millipedes control, I would suggest that you use anything with a long residual.

Granules would work great, especially if your infestation is on the lawn. Granules such as DEMAND G GRANULES would work great.

We also have WP forms such as Demon WP which both target millipedes as well. Also, we have liquids that you can use, such as MASTERLINE BIFENTHRIN . All these products have a long residual time and the product labels of all these pesticides labels millipedes as a targeted pest.

If there is anything else I can assist you with, please let me know. Thank you!

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Q. My lawn is infreasted with millipedes, what can I use to kill them all over my yard??
A.  A granule is probably the best to use to kill millipedes on contact. TALSTAR EZ is a great product to use and it is quite inexpensive. If you are looking for a generic of Talstar, BIFEN L/P uses the same active ingredient with a lower price per bag.
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Q. do millapedes smell like burning electrical or manure because i can always smell them when even just one is the house ?
A.  Some species of millipedes may give off an odor, however, we are unsure of the type of odor they will give off. We apologize that we are not able to better assist you.
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How to rid in my garage ?Thousands invade my garage every spring. How to get rid of them?
A.  We recommend the product Lambdastar 9.7 that provides a long residual. Spray around the base of the entire garage as well as around the garage door frame. You can also use Lambdastar 9.7 indoors. Allow the treated area to completely dry before you come in contact with that space again.
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Q. What is the best remedy to kill millipedes in garage??
I have been dealing with an infestation of millipedes in my garage door area. I have applied Insectigone dust and it has proven to be very effective, however everyday I cleanup the dead millipedes and the next day I notice hundreds more dead. That means that they are coming out of cracks in the concrete that I haven't found yet. Once I find the source, I wonder what is the best remedy to kill them once and for all and not only control them with powder.
A.  Millipedes generally signal a moisture problem in the area. For long term control, it is important to rid of the moisture around the area. Once that is done, consistent chemical treatment will rid of the majority of the population and help you rid of the problem.
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Q. is talstar ez safe for pets?
A.  Children, pets, and people must avoid all treated areas for at least 24 hours. After it has dried after irrigation, it will be safe for reentry.
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Q. How can I get rid of milipedes in and around my inground pool??
This is the 3rd year I've had milipedes fall into my pool at night. Each year it has gotten worse. There are hundreds of them every morning. I need a product that is safe for swimmers. Can the product be applied along the edge of the pool or should it be applied in the grass surrounding the pool. I do not know where they are coming from.
A.  We do not have a product that can be applied to the edge of the pool but it can be applied to the grass surrounding the pool. Suspend SC is the best product to use there. It should be applied once a month. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to email us at info@pestmall.com or call us at 1-800-788-4142.
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Q. What is best to kill millipeds inside the home, i have been noticing dozens inside my house for about a week now?
A.  We recommend a residual insecticide like Suspend SC to apply to baseboards, window frames, and door frames. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Do you ship your products overseas??
Am currently living in Greece and we have a millipede problem in and around the house we just bought, primarily in the fall and winter when it is cooler and rains.
A.  Unfortunately, we are unable to ship anything with a chemical content internationally. We apologize, but we will not be able to assist you.
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Q. florida millipedes?
I have hundreds of millipedes in my inground pool each morning. Is Talstar the product to use to get rid of them? If so, is it safe for the water and the swimmers? How do I apply it around a pool?
A.  not have any product that can be applied in the pool or even on the cement around it. The only places that you can really apply the insecticide is on the grassy area around the pool. By creating this barrier, you are trying to kill them on contact. We recommend the product Suspend SC over Talstar Pro.
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Q. what is the best control of millipede that eat on young shoot of long bean plant and that crawl under the mulching?
A.  The important question is if the bean plant is harvested and ingested by people. If it is, we are extremely limited on what we can advise because most pesticides will not be labeled for application around vegetable gardens. We have just one product called Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray that is labeled for millipedes that can be applied around fruit trees and vegetable gardens. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. Hello - When can I apply the powder or liquid insetacide for milipedes??
what time of year will they migrate into the house? Had tens of thoousand last year on lower level of house/patio,
A.  Millipedes are active all year but there are short periods of time during the spring and the fall when they are much higher in activity and will move into homes more often than before. Regular quarterly maintenance around your home is recommended. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. does Home Defence kill millipedes??
I have a few millipedes on my porch ( I live in FL ) and I spray and spray with Home Defence but it doesnt seem to really bother them ! They just freak me out!!!
A.  If the product is labeled for millipedes then it should work for them... However the Home Defense product may not be as strong as some of the other pesticides available on the market for home owner use. We would recommend Suspend SC.
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Q. Which control specifically do you recommend for controllimg millipedes??
A.  Millipedes are considered an occasional invader and a good outdoor treatment is necessary for millipede control. We recommend using a residual concentrate insecticide like Suspend Polyzone or regular Suspend SC. Use the residual insecticide that is diluted in water to spray as a perimeter treatment around the entire structure. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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Q. what is the very best product you sell to eliminate millipedes both indoor and outdoors??
A.  We recommend using LambdaStar for both indoor and outdoor treatment. It can be used to treat the perimeter as well as on the baseboards, cracks, and crevices of the rooms.
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Q. i just found a million millepid could fill a gallon bucket found first batch outside in forks of a 100+yr old oak tree then i wentinto the bacement and one corner was a nother gallon ?
how do I combat that I been spraying ortho but it is very old and don't seem to b doing the job what would u recommend basement is damp but not overly wet going to buy a dehumidifier will that help alone with spray and granules I can put gran. in forks of tree just looking for some ideas before I call orkin can call 423-754-2806 any time thank you
A.  Millipedes tend to be around moisture prone areas. A dehumidifier should help, but you may also use a general insecticide such as Talstar or Suspend to kill the insects that come into contact with the product. Both products can be used indoors and outdoors.
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