An Ancient Creature
One of the most common misconceptions people have about millipedes is that they are worms. In fact, they are arthropods (invertebrates with an exoskeleton, a segmented body and jointed appendages). In Canada, most species of millipede ranges from brown to black in color, measuring from 2.5 to 5 centimeters in length. One of the oldest creatures to walk the earth, millipedes are highly resilient and adaptable.
Since they require plenty of moisture to live, these creatures are naturally attracted to damp and dark spaces. They can be found under mulch, piles of dead leaves, stones, compost, grass clippings and other similar terrains. Because they feed on dead plants and animals, millipedes are classified as detritivores. This behaviour makes them highly beneficial for the environment, playing a big role in breaking down all kinds of nature’s waste.
During the fall, millipedes migrate to find suitable spaces where they can continue thriving. During this migration process, however, many of them become confused and end up inside a home. Often, they congregate on porches, patios, gardens and yards. Eventually, they may crawl through doors, windows and small openings to invade basements, cellars, and other household rooms. When they get into the living areas of the home, it’s safe to say they’ve become a problem that needs addressing.
Controlling a Millipede Infestation
Although millipedes are not dangerous to humans, they can be highly detrimental to the living conditions inside a home. When they appear, it’s recommended to consult pest control services and eliminate any chance of infestation. JDM Pest Control provides specialized pest control service, with a team of trained professionals capable of performing both chemical and non-chemical procedures to safely eliminate the infestation.