What are millipedes?
Millipedes are generally brown or black in color and range from 1 to 2 inches in length, but some may grow even larger. Millipedes are not an insect, but rather an arthropod. Unlike centipedes, which have only 1 set of legs per segment of body, millipedes have two sets of legs for every segment of their body and when they move, they appear to be moving in a wave-like motion. These pests do not have a thousand legs like their name indicates, but actually have somewhere between 80 and 400. The legs of a millipede are shorter than those of a centipede and they cannot move very fast despite how many legs they have.
Why do I have them?
Millipedes spend most of their lives outdoors in the soil and feed on damp and decaying vegetation; occasionally they will make their way from their outdoor, moist living places and move into homes. When this happens, millipedes often die because of the lack of moisture and food sources indoors.
Are they dangerous?
Millipedes are typically not a threat to people or pets as they do not bite or sting. They do have the ability to release a horrible fluid that is used to defend themselves. The fluid may cause skin irritation to some people and should be cleaned right away. The fluid may also be difficult to remove and getting rid of the odor may take some time.
How do I get rid of millipedes?
Millipedes are an occasional invader and can be difficult to control. A ChemTec pest professional will design a customized millipede control program that fits the specific needs of your property, with the goal of eliminating all of these pests from your property.
Can I do it myself?
Getting rid of millipedes is not something many homeowners have much success with on their own. Many do-it-yourself remedies to rid your property of millipedes simply do not work as the materials they use are not effective and can actually make your millipede problem worse. Remember – if misused or mixed improperly, do-it-yourself pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.
Is the treatment safe?
The pest professionals at ChemTec Pest Control will first correctly confirm the presence of millipedes invading your home or business and then create a treatment plan that will eliminate your pest problem quickly and in an environmentally responsible manner. Before any treatments begin, our inspectors will consult with you regarding your children, pets and gardens and then based on your current situation, they will customize a treatment plan specifically for you.
How soon can you get here?
ChemTec Pest Control is committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
What is the guarantee?
Our guarantee is simple: if you are not completely satisfied, we will give you your money back. If you have a problem with the pest after our services, just call us and we will come back to re-treat for the pest at no additional charge within the warranty period. We want all of our customers to be completely satisfied with our services and we will always work towards that goal.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose a continuous Protection Program to help guard against future infestations of millipedes.
Where does ChemTec Pest Control service?
ChemTec provides service in Saddle Brook, Franklin Lakes, Hackensack, and throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties in New Jersey. We also provide service to Rockland and Orange Counties in New York. Contact us today to learn more about the services available in your area.
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