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Nashville, Ark. - I have been getting questions about how to control the millipede
and keep them from coming into people’s homes. The millipedes are easily confused
with centipedes; however, a millipede has two sets of legs where the centipede only
has one set of legs per body segment. Millipedes can be identified as being black
or brown in color having a rounded body. They do not have poison claws or legs and
if bothered will normally curl up.
Millipedes will usually be found in a moist area feeding on organic matter. Millipedes
become a nuisance when they start getting inside people’s homes. They are usually
found in the lower level of a home or basement. After millipedes have made it inside
your home their life span is usually short lived unless it is a basement that holds
moisture. Millipedes thrive in areas outside your home that include decaying organic
matter. They will also attack roots and leaves of seedling plants as well. Over-mulching
and over-watering can also attract millipedes to your yard. One of the reasons we
are seeing them now is due to the large amount of rainfall we have seen over the past
couple of weeks. Ways to help control the millipedes are to remove as much organic
matter as possible and to not over-mulch or over-water your garden. You can also treat
outside within a 10-to-15-foot strip around your house perimeter with an insecticide.
It is also important to remember if you have a basement to treat around those outer
walls as well. When treating around the house you will need to also include window
frames and door sills. Common over the counter pyrethroid insecticides include active
ingredients such as bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, cypermethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, pyrethrin,
resmethrin, or tralomethrin. These are fast acting control options for millipedes.
When considering outdoor pets, both people and pets need to remain off any product
that has been put out until completing dry. If you decide to treat inside be sure
it is labeled for indoor use and to treat areas such as baseboards, cracks, crevices
and moist cool dark places. However, the safest option for removal of millipedes indoors
is to use a vacuum or broom to remove them from inside the home.
For more information on the stinky millipede and how to control them you can contact
the Howard County Extension office at 870-845-7517 or find helpful fact sheets on
our website at www.uada.edu. In the search box be sure and search for millipede control.
By Samantha Horn County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Samantha Horn County Extension Agent - AgricultureU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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