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Are Millipedes Dangerous?

Few pests are as unattractive as the millipede. Not only does it look like an alien invading your home, but they can be so creepy looking that you may worry if they will harm you or your pets. Millipedes don’t have to be a mystery forever. If you spot them in your home, you need all the information you can get to remove them completely.

That is what we will address in the rest of this article. So, if you are worried that millipedes are dangerous and/or just want to know what the heck they are, continue reading. All the answers you’re looking for are waiting here.

What are millipedes?

Millipedes are not actually aliens, even though they may look like ones. The pest is actually classified as an arthropod, which means they have two pairs of jointed legs on their body segments. The structure of their legs explains why millipedes have such a usual body and way of moving. They are essential large worms with thousands of legs.

Many scientists believe that millipedes were some of the oldest land animals. Obviously, this means that they are a holdout from pre-historic times. In fact, some of the earliest members of the millipede family were over six feet long. Thank God they are no longer that big!

There are a large number of species in the millipede family. Most of them prefer damp spaces outside and in your home. In fact, millipedes actually prefer to remain out of doors. However, if there is a drought and/or your home has a leaky pipe somewhere, they may decide to come inside.

The reason millipedes need to live in damp spaces is that they feed on dead plants and animals. They much prefer plants and animals that have begun the decomposing process. And, there is no better place to find accelerated decomposition than in damp environments.

Are they dangerous?

And, that brings us to the question that opened this article: are millipedes dangerous? Thankfully, no millipedes are not dangerous to humans. If you’ve heard that millipedes are dangerous, the person may be confusing them with centipedes, which do produce a venom.

Some millipedes have a fluid that secrets from glands on the side of their body. This fluid can be irritating so come people’s skin. And, it will probably smell quite bad. However, it is not dangerous to humans or pets.

How to get rid of millipedes

Although millipedes are not dangerous, you still don’t want them in your home. Sometimes they can invade in large numbers, which can be a little gross and a big nuisance to homeowners. The best thing that you can do to keep millipedes from your home is to stop all leaks and dry out any damp areas of your home. Places to look for extra water include attics, basements, under sinks, and around windows or doors. Because millipedes like damp, dark areas, keep dark areas dry will make your home less attractive to these pests.

Another thing that you can do to keep millipedes out is to call Fox Pest Control. We provide millipede and centipede removal services. If you call before 2 p.m. today, we will be at your home within four hours. Plus, we offer night and weekend appointments at no extra cost.

Whether you have an existing millipede problem or are concerned about the possibility, Fox Pest Control can help you. So, meet your technician from our locally owned Fox Pest Control branch in Corpus Christi. For the best in millipede extermination, contact Fox Pest Control today.

Posted on November 27, 2019.

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