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Pest Education: Millipedes in Ontario

Monday, December 26, 2022 by Greeny’s Pest Control Inc.

This is a picture of a millipede in Ontario
Millipede in Ontario

Millipedes are common pests in Ontario that can be found in gardens, basements, and other areas of the home. These small, segmented creatures are known for their long, worm-like bodies and numerous legs. While they are not dangerous to humans and do not transmit diseases, they can be a nuisance and may cause damage to plants and crops.


Millipedes are often mistaken for centipedes, but there are a few key differences between the two. Millipedes have a rounder, softer body and move more slowly than centipedes. They also have two pairs of legs per body segment, while centipedes have only one pair of legs per segment.


Millipedes are found in damp and humid environments and are often attracted to areas with high levels of organic matter, such as compost piles and mulch. They feed on decomposing plant material, fungi, and algae, and play an important role in breaking down organic matter in the environment. However, they can also cause damage to plants and crops by feeding on the roots and leaves.


Millipedes are most active at night and are usually found in dark, damp areas. They prefer to hide during the day and are often found beneath logs, leaves, and other debris. In the home, they may be found in basements, crawl spaces, and other areas that are cool and damp.


If you have a millipede infestation, there are several steps you can take to get rid of them. First, it’s important to remove any potential hiding spots or sources of moisture that may be attracting the millipedes. This includes eliminating excess moisture in basements and crawl spaces, sealing cracks and openings in the foundation, and removing any debris or mulch that may be providing a habitat for the pests.


You can also use insecticides to kill millipedes. There are several products available that are effective against these pests, including sprays and baits. Be sure to read and follow the label instructions carefully to ensure safe and effective use of the product.


If you have a severe infestation, it may be necessary to hire a professional pest control company to help get rid of the millipedes. These professionals have the training and experience to identify the source of the infestation and implement an effective treatment plan.


In conclusion, millipedes are common pests in Ontario that can be found in gardens, basements, and other areas of the home. While they are not dangerous to humans and do not transmit diseases, they can be a nuisance and may cause damage to plants and crops. To get rid of millipedes, it’s important to remove any potential hiding spots or sources of moisture that may be attracting them and use insecticides as needed. If you have a severe infestation, it may be necessary to hire a professional pest control company for assistance.

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