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Millipedes

Duff Millipede, Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org

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.  They can come in different sizes and colors.  One in particular, the Duff Millipede, is often mistaken for the larvae of Dermestid Beetles or carpet beetles.

 

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.


Insecticide Concentrates

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