- Latin Name: Narceus americanus
- Length: 27 – 38 cm
- Color:brownish-black or mottled with shades of orange, red or brown
How to get rid of Millipedes?
To get a pest problem under control, inspection is the first and foremost step. Millipedes are attracted to dark, cool, moist environments, usually going unnoticed in the summer due to their nocturnal habits and tendency to disperse. They feed on living and decomposing vegetation and occasionally on dead snails, earthworms and insects. They cannot tolerate water-saturated soil, which forces them to the surface and higher ground. Likewise, dry, drought conditions can stimulate migration. In the autumn, it is believed they may migrate for better overwintering sites. If one or all of these conditions exist, sometimes hundreds or thousands (shovelsful) of millipedes are found in garages, first floor rooms and basements. Others believe that migration may occur when the food supply dwindles in October and November.
Millipede Pest Control
Narceus americanus is a large North American millipede.
It inhabits the eastern seaboard of the United States through southeastern Canada and west to central Texas. It is one of the largest North American millipede species, reaching a length of four inches. When threatened, they release a noxious liquid that contains large amounts of benzoquinones which can cause dermatological burns. This fluid may irritate eyes or skin.