Why Are There So Many Millipedes In My Home?
Most bugs that come into homes in Hawaii have a mixture of three motivations. They may come inside for a bite to eat. Whether that be the food in your pantry, the wood in your home, the belongings inside your home, or the blood in your veins, food is a strong motivator for bugs. Some will come in to find a place to establish a nest. Bugs don't know your home from a hole in the ground, quite literally. And, some bugs are driven in. When conditions outside become unfavorable, these bugs will look for a safer place to be. Millipedes fall into this last category.
Most homes do not have food sources that will make millipedes happy. These little bugs eat decaying materials found in nature, such as leaves, plants, and wood. Often the items they eat are moist or damp. For this reason, millipedes are called moisture pests. So, they're not going to come into your home for a bite to eat, nor are they likely to stay for the food. When they come in, the reason they stick around is that they don't know the way back out.
Millipedes establish their homes under leaf litter, grass clippings, mulch, and other natural debris. They can be found in flower beds, gardens, bushes, and areas where you have ornamentals. They are also likely to be found in areas where the soil is moist. So, expect to find them in shaded locations where the sun dries the ground slower. None of these habitats exist in your home, unless you have lots of potted plants. That means millipedes will not be able to establish themselves in your home.
Where millipedes become a problem is when they enter a home in ridiculously large numbers to get away from excessively dry conditions or excessively wet conditions. While they are moisture pests, they are not able to breathe under water. When the soil becomes oversaturated, they will come to the surface. And, when water pools on the ground, they will go to higher ground. That will have them climbing your exterior walls and exploiting holes in your walls. The same can happen if there are drought conditions. Millipedes do not like dry weather. This will cause them to hide in the shade under decks, porches, and exterior structures. When they do, it is usually not too much of a problem for them to find entry points.
The good news is that those millipedes won't stick around forever. If you do nothing, they will eventually die. The problem is that you have to wait for them to die. And then, once they are dead, you have to clean them up. Worse still, if you don't find a way to create a barrier that seals them out, you're going to continue to have these unwanted invasions. While millipedes aren't dangerous and are not known to spread disease, they are a considerable nuisance.
If you keep having a millipede invasion in your Hawaii home, the best solution is to have an educated and experienced pest professional apply targeted treatments of EPA-approved products to vulnerable locations, and assist you with changing the conditions around your home that invite millipedes in close to your foundation.
Why do we say that treatments are necessary? Their small size and their ability to scale walls and walk across ceilings make them incredibly difficult to exclude. Every home has gaps and cracks. There is simply no way to find and seal them all.
If you need assistance keeping millipedes out of your Hawaii home, let the experts here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions give you a hand. Our QualityPro-certified team is one of the best in the business, and our pest programs are overseen by national leaders in the pest control industry. We'll make sure you get the best, most eco-friendly solution for you millipede issue--and any other pests problems you're struggling with. Reach out to us and let's get started on the road to making your Hawaii home millipede-free.