Millipedes and Millipede Control
General Millipede information:
Their diet consists of damp and decaying wood and plant materials. They may invade the house during extremely wet seasons.
Millipedes are oval, 1-1/2 inches long, segmented with many legs, coiling up when resting or dead.
Every millipede has two pairs of legs attached to each apparent body segment.
Most millipedes are brown or black, but some species are orange or red.
Millipedes are found outdoors in situations where there is moisture and decaying organic matter, such as under trash, grass clippings, mulch, rotting firewood, leaf litter, etc.
Their diet consists of damp and decaying wood and plant materials. They scavenge feeding on decaying organic matter.
They invade the house during extremely wet seasons or extreme drought.
Millipedes usually die within a few days of entering a structure unless there is a source of high moisture and a food supply.
Millipedes are active at night.
Recommended Measures of Control of Millipedes
Millipede control begins outdoors by removing harbor aging places that hold moisture, such as wood debris, rocks, grass clippings, and leaf litter.
Firewood should be stored off the ground.
Lawns should be watered in the morning to promote drying by the afternoon.
Flower beds should not be over mulched.
Entry into building should be prevented by sealing and caul king gaps around siding, windows, doors, pipes, wires, etc.
Large numbers of these structure-invading pests are easily controlled by vacuuming and discarding the collected material.
A good residual sprayed along entry pts., cracks and crevices, baseboards is important. Even more important would be a good residual sprayed on the outside ,in particular on the exterior walls that they are entering the home.
D-Fense SC or Cyper WP work well, sprayed 3 feet out, along the foundation and 3 ft. up the exterior wall as well as sprayed around the entry pts, like doors and windows. Cyonara 9.7 will not leave a visible residue seen on dark surfaces as Cyper WP will do.
Repeat treatments of these suggested liquid residual insecticides every 3 months
Use CB Invader Insecticide, sprayed around doors and windows and other places where these pests may enter premises is another choice to spray in the smallest of cracks and crevices because it has a crack and crevice tip.
Repeat treatment of this aerosol once a month.
Bifen LP Granules would be an additional treatment around the house to serve as a barrier. The advantage of granule treatments in addition to liquid residual barriers is that they hold up under rainfall.
Repeat treatments of granules every 3 months