Long, segmented bodies with two pairs of legs per segment


Dark brown and black with color around each segment that varies from pinkish-purples to dull yellows


From 1 – 3 inches long


Dark, damp places such as under logs and dense foliage

Interesting Facts

Millipedes breathe through small holes in their sides called spiracles

About the Millipede

Millipedes and centipedes are not technically considered insects because they have so many legs, and while they are similar invertebrates, there are also many differences between the two. When left outdoors, millipedes pose no real problems, but when found on your property, they can be a nuisance. Feeding on organic materials, millipedes are found in damp, decay-promoting environments, such as under rotting logs, wet foliage, as well as in basements and greenhouses.

Millipede Control

Keeping the exterior of your property free of leaf buildup; cleaning gutters and around the foundation; and ensuring downspouts and condensation-causing agents are controlled will help you reduce your risk of getting millipedes in your property. More of an inconvenience than a threat, millipedes can be removed and a prevention plan put into place.


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