Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day at work, all you want to do is come home and relax. Unfortunately, insects may have a different plan in mind. During the summer months, your lawn becomes the long-term home of insect species like centipedes and millipedes. In Atlanta, homeowners need to remove these insect species before their summertime barbecues and picnics. By preventing an infestation and treating it right away, you can prevent insects from becoming a major problem.
Be Wary of Centipedes and Millipedes
In Latin, “cent” means 100. While a centipede may appear to have 100 legs, it really can have a wide range of legs. On average, a centipede can have 15 to 171 pairs of legs. Meanwhile, millipedes get their name from a Greek word that means 1,000. Like centipedes, millipedes actually have a wide range of leg pairs. Millipedes can have less than 100 legs or up to 750 legs.
While centipedes have long antennae, millipede’s antennae are quite short. Centipedes will look for prey to kill and can bite pets or people. Millipedes rarely bite and tend to get their food through scavenging. While a millipede is quite slow, centipedes move extremely fast. The main difference between these two creatures is the number of legs on each body segment. A centipede will only have one pair of legs on each body segment, and a millipede contains two pairs of legs on every segment.
Normally, centipedes live outside in damp areas like underneath stones or boards. Seeing as the foundation of the house is easy for them to slip into, this is a common way for them to enter your home. When this happens, you will normally just see them active during the nighttime. While centipedes rarely damage household items or food supplies, they will attack if threatened. If you injure a large centipede, it may bite and cause your skin to swell around the bitten area.
Once centipedes take hold, a single centipede can lay 35 eggs during the summer. Although most adult species live just one year, they can live for up to six years. During the wintertime, they live outdoors and wait for the spring to re-enter your home.
Ridding Your Home of Insects
Since centipedes and millipedes can lay many eggs, there is a large potential for an infestation to develop. If you notice centipedes or millipedes in your home, your first step is to prevent them from getting into other rooms. Caulking gaps and sealing doorways will prevent insects from gaining access into other areas. You will also want to remove hiding places like trash, compost piles and rocks that give the insects a home.
While preventing access to other areas helps, you may still end up with an infestation of centipedes and millipedes at your property. When this happens, you may have to use pesticides and other treatments to control the insect population. Atlanta residents who need help with an infestation can contact Bug Out for immediate solutions to pest problems.