Millipedes & Centipedes

Millipedes & Centipedes- Mo Legs, Mo Problems.

 

Both millipedes and centipedes are known for their vast number of small legs that line the outside of their bodies. You may hear these arthropods go by the nickname of “thousand or hundred-leggers” but typically they have far fewer legs than that.

Millipedes have high moisture needs, like pill bugs and sow bugs. They are always searching out damp areas and love to hide in and around trash piles, grass clippings, flowerbeds and leaf litter. You may find them in your home in areas such as your basement, however, they won’t stick around long if your house does not offer enough food and moisture. When it comes to food, millipedes are scavengers and enjoy decaying organic matter, usually of the plant variety, although they will feast on dead insects as well.

Centipedes do not scavenge like their millipede friends and actively hunt down their food sources. Flies, spiders and beetles are among centipedes favourite snacks, so the presence of other pests can increase the number of centipedes around a property. Some species can inflict a painful bite to humans, however, this is not a lethal attack. Alike millipedes, centipedes gravitate towards moist areas such as rotting logs, trash, and piles of grass and leaves. They can be found anywhere in a home, although their favourite high outs are usually the basement, washroom, kitchen or potted plants. With ideal conditions, centipedes can live up to 5-6 years of age.

 

Identify Millipedes

  • Colour: Usually a hue of black or brown, but can take on red, orange patterns when mottling.
  • Shape: Adults tend to be cylindrical and wormlike but come slightly flattened and will feature 30-90 pairs of legs.
  • Size: 1/16 – 4 ½” long

 

Identify Centipedes

  • Colour: Usually a dirty yellow to dark brown colour, sometimes accented with darker stripes or markings
  • Shape: Elongated, flattened, and wormlike
  • Size: 1/8 – 6” long

 

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