Millipede Control in Santa Ana

Millipedes are generally small in size and measure about two inches or less in length. However, some millipede species that live in the southeastern United States forest may grow to four or more inches. Their color varies from brown to black.

Millipedes mostly live in moist vegetation, leaf litter and mulch. They feed on decaying organic matter that is found in these kind of areas. The distinct difference between millipedes and centipedes is that millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment, while centipedes have only one pair of legs per body segment. Although dozens of millipedes may be found outside homes, few may wander inside. If they do find their way in, millipedes usually die very quickly due to lack of moisture. However, they can survive in indoors spaces, mostly in moist basements and crawl spaces.

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How Millipedes Invade your Home

Under the right environmental conditions, millipede migrations can actually occur. Where considerable amounts of decaying organic matter are found on the ground, such as thick leaf litter under trees or hedges, or thick thatch layers in your lawns, hundreds, if not thousands, of millipedes might be produced. If the area where they live becomes dry or too wet, or if the millipede population grows too large, a migration may occur in search of better living conditions. In some cases, hundreds of thousands of millipedes are present in the migration. In such cases, keeping all millipedes out of your home or commercial space is likely impossible. Treatments, however, can help minimize the numbers.

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Tips for Controlling Millipedes

If you need to control millipedes from invading your outdoor space, the following actions will greatly help you achieve that:
•    Reduce the potential millipede breeding sites next to and near your home.
•    Keep mulch or heavy vegetation, like ivy, away from the foundation of your house.
•    Seal all the cracks and holes in your house’s exterior to prevent them from entering.
•    Repeated treatments to the exterior and to cracks in the outside of the affected house may be required to prevent millipede migrations.
•    Identify the area where millipedes are coming from and remove the material in which they are breeding (e.g., leaf litter, mulch), if possible.
•    Finally, remember that total elimination of millipedes indoors may be an impossible fete – especially when large numbers are involved.

In summary, professional treatment, sealing cracks and removing their breeding material should greatly reduce the numbers of millipedes on your property.
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