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Everything About Millipede and How to Eliminate them From your Home or Business

Millipede

Diplopoda

Millipedes can become household and or garden pests; they can cause severe damages to greenhouse vegetation. Millipedes breakdown organic matter and feed on mulch, and decaying leaves. Millipedes inside your home will sometimes indicate a moisture problem in your home.

How do you get rid of Millipede?

At Addison Pest Control our goal is to eliminate an infestation as quickly as possible and keep your home Millipede free for good.

We combine three pest-control techniques applied on a single appointment on a single day and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment to eradicate the infestation completely.

No pest control method is perfect, by combining three various methods, each one compensates for the shortcomings of the other, which yields quick and dependable results in eliminating pests.  

Check out our treatment outline, or give us a call for a free no-obligation quote.

How to identify Millipedes

Millipedes are on average 2.5 – 4 cm long, most Canadian millipede species only reach 8 cm in length. These worm-like insects are brownish in colour, with a rounded body and have many body sections and two legs per section. Millipedes move slowly in a wave-like motion, using their tiny legs to push them along.

Millipedes deposit clusters of eggs in cavities of soil and decaying leaves and mulch. Most species reach sexual maturity in the second year and will live several years after that. Millipedes hatch from its egg with three pairs of legs and then experience numerous moults and the number of segments and legs increase. Often millipedes experience 7 – 10 moults in a lifecycle.

Signs of a Millipede Infestation

Other than sightings of millipedes there aren’t many signs of their presence.A perfect place for millipedes is kitchens, bathroom, and laundry rooms because of the humidity.

Where did they come from / how did I get them?

They feed on dead leaves, mulch and under small damp pieces of decaying wood, crawl spaces are ideal for millipedes.

What does Pest Millipede?

Millipedes feed on decomposing vegetation, faeces, organic matter mixed with soil. They play a significant role in breaking down plant vegetation and decomposition.

How Serious are Millipedes?

Millipedes have a little impact economically or socially; they cause little damage inside your home. But can be a nuisance inside the home and in your garden and yard

Millipedes have two pairs of legs on each body segment, whereas the centipede has one pair per segment. Millipedes are more rounded shaped and travel much slower than the fast-moving centipede.

How Addison Can Help Eliminate a Millipede

We combine three pest-control techniques applied on a single appointment on a single day and guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment to eradicate the infestation completely.

No pest control method is perfect, by combining three various methods, each one compensates for the shortcomings of the other, which yields quick and dependable results in eliminating Millipedes.

Powder-Crack & Crevice Treatment

We use a professional power duster to puff a fine silica powder inside cracks and crevices in infested areas. Millipedes often establish harbourages in wall cavities or ducting. The powder coats the insides of the wall voids killing pests that are already established there and preventing pests from using these physically inaccessible areas as hiding or harbourage zones.

The powder is used on sensitive electronic items that are at risk of an infestation such as a power bar or a wall outlet.

Residual Surface Spray

At Addison, we use the highest quality residual spray available on the market. Unlike the sprays used by many competitors, our spray has a 3-month residual value, which means it remains active and continues to kill bugs for a full three months.

Our spray is a non-toxic pyrethroid, which means it is a synthetic replica of a naturally occurring

insecticide manufactured by plants to ward off potential predators.

The spray is applied to the backs, sides and bottoms of beds, furniture and kitchen appliances, inside kitchen and bathroom drawers and cabinets, as well as all the floors and baseboards.

Any time a pest passes over a surface that has been sprayed, it will die-off within a short period of making contact.

How Addison can help Prevent Millipede Infestations in the Future

Physical Control

Outside

Prevent centipedes in your home; some precautionary measures can be taken are as follows: Make sure earth ground slopes away from your home to avoid buildup of moisture and water retention near the foundation of your building. Try removing all hiding places, such as leaf litter, decaying vegetation, other objects (stones, boards or boxes). Repair cracks in the foundation, and allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Inside

Try using a humidifier or a small electric fan to dry out damp areas

Chemical Products

Diatomaceous earth is an active ingredient found pesticides is an ecological means of control. It is a fine powder made from crushed microscopic marine fossils; it’s non-toxic to humans and pets. The insects crawl over the powder their outer layer is scratched which causes them to become dehydrated and die. This powder is for cracks and crevices as continual control measures.

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