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During the springtime, centipedes and millipedes start to become much more active and may find their way into yards and homes. Although they are both known for having lots of legs, centipedes and millipedes are actually very different creatures. Here are some of the things that make these arthropods different from each other.

 

Identifying Centipedes

Appearance: Light brownish-yellow in color, 30-354 legs (usually 15 pairs and always an odd number of pairs), 1 pair of legs per body segment, long flattened shape,1-6 inches long (depending on the species), 3 dark stripes down their backs, and dark bands on legs

Diet: Roaches, carpet beetles, spiders, silverfish, and other insects

Habitat: Dark, damp areas, gardens, under leaf litter, drains, bathrooms, laundry rooms

Behavior: Known for their speed and flexibility, predatory hunters, venomous– may bite on rare occasions, but bites typically only cause minor pain at the site

A centipede on a white background

 

Identifying Millipedes

Appearance: Dark brown, usually 1-2 inches long, cylindrical in shape, 2 pairs of legs per body segment, worm-like, and up to 750 legs

Diet: Decaying matter, leaves, wood, and plant material

Habitat: Dark, damp environments, gardens, flower beds, under rocks, etc.

Behavior: Very slow movers, curl up when threatened, not venomous but may spray an irritating fluid to protect themselves

A millipede crawling across the ground

 

How to Control Centipedes and Millipedes

One of the keys to pest control is to seal the exterior of your home to prevent entry. Walk around looking for any cracks or gaps you see around the foundation and exterior walls of the home. Seal them using caulk or expandable spray foam. You should also ensure that the windows and doors have screens, weatherstripping, and a tight seal.

Next, eliminate their food and water sources from your home. Since centipedes hunt other pests, make sure that you have regular pest control treatments. You should also try to keep your home clean and eliminate sources of moisture by fixing leaky pipes and faucets.

At EcoArmor Pest Control, centipede and millipede control is part of our comprehensive packages. Our expert technicians will help you say good-bye to unwanted pests. For pest control in Anna, TX, Frisco, Texas, Plano, Texas and surrounding areas, contact EcoArmor Pest Control today.