Millipedes normally live outdoors in damp places. Around homes, they live in flower beds and gardens.
BEHAVIOUR, DIET & HABITS
People often find millipedes under mulch, piles of dead leaves and grass clippings. They also live in dog houses and storage sheds. They are raising growth in damping soil. They eat dead leaves and decaying wood particles that they find.
In the fall, millipedes often migrate. They move out of their normal habitat. Scientists suspect they may be trying to get ready for winter. However, millipedes have also been seen migrating after a heavy rain has flooded their habitat. During these migrations, millipedes often find their way into homes.
When they come to a home, millipedes gather on porches and patios. They climb the foundation of the home and they often find entryways as basement doors and windows, crawl space vents, doors, garage doors. Many housekeepers find them in the basement door. Once inside, they may hide under furniture or boxes of stored items. Because many dark basement doors and keep fixed make millipedes can be active.
Crawl Space vents is an ideal of living space of millipedes. Normally will include a box of stored items and piece of wood in downstairs. The millipedes can eat death leaves wrapped into crawl space vents or decay&moisten wood particles.
When climbing around, many millipedes climb into living space of the house with the lagers numbers. They can come to the house in climbing under the door without protection rubber strips. They can climb from the parking garage into the house or Crawl Space vents through the foundation of the home.
Eggs are deposited in the soil; most species reach sexual maturity in the second year and live several years after that.
Signs of an Infestation
Other than the sightings of the millipedes, there aren’t many distinct signs of their presence.
Housekeepers used to find millipedes all around the house. Kitchen, bathroom and laundry room are ideal living environments through humidity. However, millipedes also come to other areas of the house.
In urgent cases, a vacuum cleaner can eradicate the millipedes on the bed or the foundation of the house. When things go bad, it is recommended to ask professional pest control companies. When you need support to eliminate millipedes in your house, please contact HNPC for a free consultation on comprehensive insect control service.