One would think that anyone living in Hawaii would automatically be an expert on millipedes because they are so abundant here, but just because you may come in contact with these insects every day does not mean that you know everything there is to know about them. In fact, there are a few fun facts that you may not be aware of at all. Let’s take a look at the top five things you didn’t know about millipedes!
It would be easy to assume by their name, that millipedes have 1,000 legs; but you would be assuming incorrectly. Millipedes actually have between 40 and 400 legs in total.
Many insects have relatively short life spans, but this is not the case with millipedes. These little insects can actually live for up to seven years. They spend most of this time in a slow-paced lifestyle, helping to decompose organic materials in the great outdoors.
Millipedes have the unique habit of coiling up when they are in danger or when they feel threatened. This practice will protect the soft underbelly of the insect keeping only the hard plated backside exposed to predators.
Millipedes do not bite, sting, or pinch; but they can protect themselves! Many species of millipede are equipped with chemicals that they can emit to deter predators from attacking. These chemicals can burn or blister human skin; so you should use caution whenever handling these insects.
It would seem that the male millipede is quite a romantic little creature. He will coerce his female partner by gently massaging her back with his hundreds of little feet and will sing to her with a calming little sound to help her relax for mating.
No matter how much or how little you know about millipedes in Hawaii; one thing is for sure. You do not want them living in your home. To eliminate an active infestation of millipedes or to protect your home from millipedes and other common household pests throughout the entire year, contact the pest control specialists here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions. We have the tools, technology, and training to eliminate a millipede infestation; and we can keep your home safe from them with industry leading year-round residential services. To learn more, give us a call today.