Millipedes | Des Moines, IA
Millipedes are unique in that they are arthropods. This means that they have two pairs of jointed legs on most of their body segments. Adult millipedes are light brown to black in color and can grow up to 5 inches long.
Millipede Behavior and Diet
Millipedes are attracted to dark, damp spaces. Therefore, the majority of homeowners tend to find them within flowerbeds and gardens, as well as basements, bathrooms or garages. A millipede's diet consists of dead leaves, decaying wood, and other decaying plant matter. It is during the late fall months that millipedes begin to migrate out of their normal habitat in preparation for winter. During this time, millipedes accidentally make their way into homes, which is when homeowners begin to spot them in abundance.
After mating, female millipedes lay their eggs within soil. Once deposited in the soil, the female millipede will guard the eggs until they hatch. After they hatch, the young millipedes do not have legs and resemble small adults. After the hatching stage, the young millipedes will begin to molt and develop their six body segments and three pairs of legs. It can take millipedes upwards of one to two years to reach full maturity.
Signs of a Millipede Infestation
Detecting a millipede infestation can be difficult. Therefore, the majority of homeowners can have an infestation before they realize it. The main way to determine if you have millipedes is through regular sightings. Another way is to dig into your homes dirt/mulch to inspect for millipedes.
Leading Des Moines Metro Pest Control Service
Have you noticed millipedes around your Des Moines home? If so, Preferred Pest can help! Don't wait until it is too late, for effective and timely millipede removal, give us a call at (515) 276-7277 or schedule an appointment online today!