Hello Humidity, Hello Pillbugs and Millipedes
August 13, 2014
Do you remember those "roly-polies" we poked at as children? They were quite fun to play with as we crawled in the dirt and looked under rain gutters in search of them, but they aren't as much fun when we find them crawling indoors. Pillbugs and Millipedes don't bite or sting, however the sight of one in your home can make you squirm. The most effective way to protect your home from these little bugs is by allowing your local pest control service to treat your home with preventative steps. Continue reading to learn why this summer has the perfect conditions for millipedes and pillbugs to thrive and how your pest control experts at Preferred Pest can help!
There was a reason we knew to look under rain gutters when we were children in search of the ball-like crustaceans. That's because pillbugs and millipedes like outdoor areas that are damp and protective for their soft bodies. You'll find them most often under moist leaves, pine needles and other dead plant debris in gardens.
Why Are They Entering My Home?
This summer has brought a lot of rainfall, which creates great moisture for these pillbugs to thrive, but warm temperatures and too much rainfall forces pillbugs and millipedes out of their natural habitat. They'll seek shelter in your basement because it provides a cooler and less moist environment. Once they are indoors, they cannot reproduce and die within a few days without a water source. However, once they begin dying, their dead bodies could likely attract other pests.
Treatment Methods for Pillbugs and Millipedes
During high humidity seasons these pests can enter your home by the thousands through cracks and gaps around ground-level windows, under doors and through foundation walls. Once they've found a nice place in your basement to hide they can become quite a nuisance. Here are some general home tips on keeping millipedes and pillbugs from harboring a colony in your yard.
- Remove Debris: Because these pests like to eat decaying vegetation, you should rake often to remove garden debris, leaf piles and weeds.
- Mulch at a Minimum: Plant mulch helps keep moisture in the ground, making these areas near your foundation attractive for pillbugs and millipedes. This also goes for rocks and other landscaping materials that pillbugs and millipedes live under.
- Water Your Yard in the A.M.: Arthropod pests are the most active at night. Watering your yard early in the morning will let it dry before evening, when these pests begin wandering around.
- Place Fruit and Vegetable Plants off of the Ground: Decaying strawberries, cucumbers and other produce is a real treat for many pests! By raising plant beds off the ground you can decrease the chance that pillbugs and millipedes will damage your plants.
- Seal and Repair Cracks in Foundations: If possible, you should seal or repair cracks and gaps which become points of entry for pests. Look at the foundation walls and areas of the home with heavy landscaping.
Because millipedes and pillbugs are not insects, standard home methods and insecticides that you can purchase at the grocery store have little effect on them. The best way to treat for these pests is by taking measures to prevent a pillbug or millipede infestation. Let your local Preferred Pest expert help!
Schedule an appointment today to learn how we treat your foundations and entryways so these pests can't wander where they're unwelcome. If you already have a millipede or pillbug infestation we can still help. We use treatment methods that kill these pests at the source so whatever your concern may be, we will keep your home pest free so you can be worry free!