Millipedes and Centipedes
Millipedes and centipedes are often seen in and around gardens and may be found wandering in your home. Unlike insects, which have three clearly defined body sections and three pairs of legs, they have numerous body segments and numerous legs. Like insects, they belong to the largest group in the animal kingdom, the arthropods, which have jointed bodies and legs and no backbone. There are several features that distinguish a millipede from a centipede:
|Pairs of legs per body segment||2 or 4||1|
|Last legs extend backward||No||Yes|
|Prone to biting||No||Yes|
Millipedes normally live in and feed on rotting leaves, rotting wood, and other kinds of moist, decaying plant matter. Generally, their role is a beneficial one in helping break down plant matter. However, when they become numerous, they may damage sprouting seeds, seedlings, or strawberries and other ripening fruits in contact with the ground.
Sometimes, individual millipedes wander from their moist living places into homes. When disturbed they don’t bite, but some species exude a defensive liquid that can irritate skin or burn the eyes.
Centipedes are elongated, flattened animals bearing one pair of legs per body segment. The actual total number of legs in most species is closer to 30 than 100. The house centipede has long legs that enable it to run rapidly.
Centipedes are usually found in damp, dark places such as under stones, leaf mulch, or logs. Indoors, centipedes may occur in damp areas of basements, closets, or bathrooms, or anywhere in the home where insects occur. During the day they hide in dark cracks and crevices, coming out at night to search for insects to eat.
When provoked, a few large kinds of centipedes can inflict a painful bite that may cause localized swelling, discoloration, and numbness.
InCide® Pest Control Insulation installed in the walls and attic can help eliminate the infestation of millipedes and centipedes in your home. InCide® will save you money month after month on your utility costs. InCide® in conjunction with routine pest control services will virtually eliminate these annoying pests.