The millipedes are also called millipedes, millipedes, scale insects, or grass shoe insects. They don’t bite, but don’t touch them with your hands. Although millipedes do not bite, it can secrete toxins that can cause local irritation, erythema, herpes, and Necrosis when people touch them. Millipedes can emit a liquid with an irritating odor, and the Madagascar scarlet millipede in the rainforest secretes a fluid that can cause blindness Momentary blindness.
Killing millipedes isn’t that hard, first of all, the bugs like dark, damp environments, so it’s essential to change the millipedes’ source breeding site of the situation to get to the root of the problem. You can also use lime to spread on the stagnant outdoor water, this insect has the habit of living in groups, so to kill thoroughly. The danger of millipedes: millipedes generally harm the young roots of plants and young seedlings and young stems, young leaves. The millipedes have odor glands on their nodes, which can secrete a poisonous, foul-smelling fluid unpleasant to smell.
How to identify Millipedes
Forms of millipedes
The body of millipedes is divided into two parts: the head and the trunk. The trunk can be distinguished from the short anterior four thoracic segments and the long abdomen. The body is rounded and slightly flattened in length and consists of more than 25 to 100 body segments. It is about 20-35 mm long, and the color of the body varies according to the species, including reddish-brown, black, orange, yellowish, or black with a red-brown tint—light-colored spots, etc. The head of Millipedes has one pair of antennae, one pair of maxillae, one pair of small jaws. Eyes polygonal. Trunk nearly 20-segmented, 1st segment healed with head, 2nd-4th parts each with one pair of paces and 1 couple of stomata, from 5th segment onwards. At first, there are two pairs of stomata and two pairs of stomata on each side. Generally, one pair of chromatophores on each side has nodes 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15~19.
Biological characteristics of millipedes:
The millipedes like shade and humidity, generally live on the lawn soil surface, soil, stones, under the stone, or in soil cracks. The millipedes are usually found on the surface of lawns, in soil, under soil blocks and stones, or in soil cracks. They are latent during the day and active at night. The millipedes are touched, the body will be curled into a circle, was “false dead,” after a while, resumed activities. The millipedes have odor glands on the body nodes, can secrete a toxic odor, unpleasant odor, so that poultry and birds are afraid to peck it. The millipedes lay their eggs on the surface of the lawn, and the eggs are laid in heaps, with a layer of transparent and sticky material on the outside of the eggs, and each head can lay about 300 eggs. At the right temperature, the eggs hatch into larvae in about 20 days and mature in a few months. The millipedes reproduce once a year and can live for more than a year.
Inspection of millipedes
Millipedes live in Shady corners of lawn soil areas, rocks, and various other items at the bottom of the soil surface.
Dangers of millipedes
When millipedes table aggregation phenomenon occurs, it often presents group activities, and the population is large, fast-moving, challenging to prevent, and challenging to control. Its lateral glands can secrete irritating toxins or gases, which can cause local discomfort of humans or birds. In severe cases, it can cause obvious erythema, herpes, and other diseases. Necrosis. Seriously interfere with the habitat around the people’s daily routines, causing great inconvenience to people’s lives.
Adults and larvae of millipedes mostly feed on humus, sometimes also feed on vegetables, flowers and lawn seedlings, young roots, and leaves. Seedling buds and young stems have damaged that result in the lack of seedlings broken monopoly, and affect the whole seedling. Meanwhile, fine adult roots and root bark were destroyed that cause weak growth of the plant. The leaves are damaged, causing holes and notches.
How to Control Millipede
- Sprinkle your home with quicklime.
The millipede prefers dark and damp places, and lime absorbs moisture from the house, making it dry and unsuitable for it. With activity, millipedes will naturally crawl away, which is one way to get rid of them.
Triazophos is an organic insecticide, acaricide, and nematicide. We also need to prevent our medication from affecting our respiratory tract, and those with children should not let them come in contact with it.
Please clean up the environment around your home and keep it dry and ventilated, millipedes like moist environments.
For the millipedes that enter the yard or indoor, use sweeping, stepping, patting, boiling water, and other methods to remove the millipedes, and then sprinkle some lime. Disinfect and deodorize, or spray with “Xiong Huang Water” to repel insects.
- Spray pesticides in crevices and gaps.
Use pesticides in areas where you suspect millipedes may be present. As the pests pass through the pesticide, the chemicals get on their feet and gradually kill them.
- Treat outdoor areas where millipedes may be hiding.
If you know where millipedes like to congregate, you can sprinkle pesticides into the soil. Eventually, the chemicals will get into the millipedes and poison them.
- Use indoor contact sprays.
If you can’t clean up or vacuum up millipedes when you see them, you can use an indoor lifting spray. The spray will kill them quickly.
How to Get Rid of Millipedes Naturally
- Maintain your lawn.
De-tangle and mow your lawn often to keep the grass in a lower, healthier state. Long grass is the right hiding place for millipedes.
Bright areas such as piles of leaves and dead branches and rocks can effectively reduce favorable areas for millipedes to live and move around.
- Removal of indoor moisture
If millipedes are attracted to your house, it means that your home may be too humid. You can stop millipedes from entering to use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.
- Sweep them away.
If you find millipedes in your home, you can usually remove them with a broom or vacuum cleaner.
- Drain the rain away from the house.
Inspect your rain gutters to ensure that they catch rainwater and other sediments to keep it as far away from your home.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth.
Spread this natural product in problematic houses, including all cracks and crevices that lead to the outside and areas that are too wet.
- Mix wood ash into the soil.
For outdoors, mix dry wood ashes with the soil around your home, especially if it is very moist. The wood ashes will help the earth become dry.
Other Methods to Remove millipedes
- Maintain lawn hygiene, remove soil and rocks from the lawn, and reduce the hiding places of millipedes.
- In severe cases of millipede damage, spray with 2000 times cyhalothrin or 50% phoxim emulsion 1000 times.