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Millipedes

What are millipedes?

Millipedes are not an insect, but actually an arthropod.  Unlike centipedes, which they are often mistaken for, millipedes have two sets of legs for every segment of their body and when they move, their legs appear to be moving in a wave-like motion.  They do not have a thousand legs like their name implies, but actually have somewhere between 80 and 400.  A millipede's legs are shorter than a centipede’s and in general, a millipede cannot move very fast.

Why do I have them?

Most millipedes feed on damp and decaying vegetation and spend most of their lives in the soil.  Occasionally, millipedes will venture from their moist living places into homes, but often die because of lack of moisture and food.

Are they dangerous?

Millipedes are not venomous and do not have fangs, but they can emit an obnoxious fluid to defend themselves. Some varieties can spray this fluid several inches. The fluid can cause irritation to the skin in some people and should be removed right away. Additionally, it may take some scrubbing to get rid of the odor.

How do I get rid of millipedes?

Millipedes can be difficult to control.  A Sandwich Isle pest professional will design a customized integrated pest management program that fits the specific needs of your property, one that is sure to get rid of millipedes.

Can I do it myself?

Millipedes are not pests many homeowners have much success eradicating. Many do-it-yourself remedies to rid your property of millipedes simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective.  Remember – if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

Sandwich Isle pest professionals use the least amount of material possible while still resolving your pest problem. We use natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment whenever possible. When conventional pesticides are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are EPA registered and our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken prior to service.

How soon can you get here?

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond to your pest problem the same or very next day.

What is the warranty?

If you are not satisfied with the results of Sandwich Isle's Pest Prevention Service, we will provide the necessary service at no additional charge.  After 30 days, should your pest problem persist, we will continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we will refund half of your last regular service payment.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose continuous service to ensure millipedes and other common pests stay out of their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide service in Honolulu, Pearl City, Aiea, and all of Oahu, as well as parts of Big IslandContact us today to learn more about the millipede services available in your area.

Helpful Millipede Articles

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