We receive a lot of questions about what to do if you discover millipedes in your home. Since so many of our readers deal with this situation, we have decided to write a general post about how to get rid of millipedes in a natural, non-toxic way. We invite anyone to refer to this post if they ever come across a millipede in their house.
We often hear from readers who find millipedes on their patios or decks after rainstorms. Although the appearance of these leggy arthropods might disturb the ambiance of your yard or garden, they are quite beneficial to the ecosystem and you shouldn’t worry about removing them. If you are set on seeing less of them, you can remove excess mulch from the flowerbeds in your yard.
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However, when millipedes end up inside your home, we understand why you would want to see them go. They aren’t harmful to humans, but they aren’t usually welcomed guests. Millipedes often end up inside a home when they are migrating after a heavy rain. Usually they crawl through doors, windows, or vents, and then seek out a damp environment.
Their need for moisture often leads to them finding refuge in the bathroom or kitchen, which is usually where our reader’s discover millipedes. Since millipedes can’t survive for long in a dry environment, they won’t survive for very long inside a house. This means that you don’t need to worry about them breeding, and can instead focus on simply removing the ones you have found. While wearing gloves, you can gently pick up and place the creatures back outside. You can also use a broom to gently sweep them outside.
If millipedes find their way into your home on a regular basis, you should focus on preventative methods. This includes making sure all doorways and windows are properly sealed. You can check the weather stripping by turning on a light indoors and then stepping outside. If you can see light shining from under the door, then a millipede could crawl in through that crack.
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Be extra attentive to basement doors since that’s often how millipedes get in. You should also make sure the vents in your home are properly screened, and that any crawl spaces in your house are properly sealed.
Finally, you can use a dehumidifier to get rid of excess moisture in your home and make it a less appealing environment for millipedes. Also, getting rid of any debris hiding in your home by vacuuming and sweeping on a regular basis will help with the prevention.
We hope anyone dealing with millipedes in their home finds this helpful and informative!