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July 13, 2017

Centipedes (“hundred legs”) and millipedes (“thousand legs”) are not actually insects but are arthropods related to insects. They may both appear freakishly long and leggy with their elongated, worm-like bodies, but they, in fact, don’t have too much in common. Both centipedes and millipedes play important roles within the ecosystem but can be bothersome when they infest inside of your home. Knowing what separates them is important to help you decide whether to let them stay in your garden or to send them far away.

The first step in controlling millipedes and centipedes is removing objects that provide hiding places for these pests – cash piles, rocks boards, leaf piles, compost piles, and similar materials from the immediate vicinity around your home. Also, be sure all moisture problems are resolved. Secondly, make sure all holes are seals that would allow entry to these critters. Double check that doors and windows fight tightly and that there are no cracks in the foundation. Finally, knowing the difference between centipedes and millipedes will help you in figuring out which you are dealing with and how to specifically control them.

Read through the infographic to learn about the specific differences between centipedes and millipedes, including their legs, movement, food, defense, senses, and reproduction habits. These pests are a lot different than many would believe! If you find centipedes or millipedes in great numbers around your home or property, call 877-DEAD-BUG to get these pests eliminated.

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