The Best Way To Keep Millipedes Away From Your Yakima County Yard

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Believe it or not, millipedes aren’t actually harmful to humans, despite their rather frightening appearance. However, their worm-like bodies, with sharp accordion movements on what seems to be innumerable legs, is a sight that many creature-themed horror movies are made of. But nothing is scarier than encountering one of these pests scuttling in and around your home.
Prosite provides pest control in Yakima County that's safe and effective. We know how these invaders can cause alarm and undue stress in the place where you’re supposed to feel the most secure. Learn more about this particular group of arthropods to better arm yourself with information regarding millipede characteristics so you can get your situation under control. 

How To Identify Millipedes

To gain a better understanding of how to identify these pests, it is best to start out with the difference between a centipede and a millipede since it’s easy to mistake one for the other. In fact, scientifically, the two can be considered cousins in the animal kingdom due to their stark similarities. Some of the differences between the two include:

  • Millipedes have two sets of legs per segment of their body, while centipedes have one set of legs per segment.
  • Millipedes' legs are located right underneath their body, but centipedes' legs are situated on the side of their body.
  • Millipedes have a more rounded shape than centipedes, which have a flatter shape.

Additionally, a millipede is a scavenger that will feed on decomposing plants and decaying wood, while a centipede mostly feasts on insects after they have killed them with their venom.

Are Millipedes In Yakima County Venomous?

Contrary to popular belief, millipedes are actually not venomous. And we know what you’re thinking: how is a creature that looks like that not harmful? Just because these pests don’t bite or inject venom, we wouldn’t exactly say they’re innocuous. Although they don’t carry diseases that can adversely affect people, plants, or animals, some millipede species can emit a toxin that is irritating to the skin if you come into contact with it. Not only that, but this defensive fluid can be extraordinarily pungent and odorous. Therefore, if you happen to get this substance on your hands, make sure to wash them as quickly as possible. Do not rub your eyes or any other orifice on your face.

What Attracts Millipedes To Yakima County Homes?

Don’t worry, it’s not the welcome mat at your front door attracting millipedes to your residence. But you’re most likely inviting them in by other means unbeknownst to you. You may be unknowingly providing millipedes with everything they need in a home. They’re attracted to environments that are:

  • Dark, moist, and cool
  • Plentiful in organic matter, like mulch and compost piles
  • Rotted out, like wood logs
  • Hidden, like under stones or in soil

Unfortunately, many people live in settings that make a wonderful dwelling for these pests. But before you run out and buy that can of millipede spray, read on to find out how best to get rid of millipedes.

How To Get Rid Of Millipedes For Good

You can help to prevent millipedes by securing your trash, appropriately handling your compost, and keeping areas clean and dry. Clear away your gutters and remove dead plant matter from your yard. These steps will help make your property less attractive to millipedes.

If you do find yourself with a millipede problem, leave it to the professionals who understand what millipede pest control is all about. Contact us here at Prosite for your consultation. Let’s make your millipede problem a thing of the past.