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Millipedes are much like insects in some respects. Specifically, they have a very insect-like head. This head is provided with a pair of antennae. It is also provided with insect-like mouthparts, notably with a pair of “jaws” or mandibles and with a plate-like lower lip, which goes by the unpronounceable name of gnathochilarium. Millipedes are similar to centipedes, but have two pairs of legs per body segment.

Millipedes are usually restricted to moist places where they feed on organic matter. In the fall, they may become a nuisance because they migrate away from feeding areas and invade homes. Because they crawl along the ground, they are usually found in lower floors and basements. Once inside the home, they usually die due to desiccation, although in moist basements, they can survive longer.

Millipedes are harmless; they do not feed upon building structures or furnishings and they can not bite or sting. Millipedes can not reproduce indoors. All millipedes found inside wandered in by mistake.

An application of a residual insecticide such as Demand or Suspend to barrier plants around our properties can sometimes reduce the problem by killing many of the grasshoppers before they reach our vegetable and flower gardens. An application around the outer edge of the garden may also help.

Insecticide Concentrates

– These concentrates are mixed with water and used in a compressed hand held sprayer to make your application.