I Have Millipedes and Centipedes in My North Port Home, What Do I Do? 

12 February 2024 · 3 min read

Centipedes and Millipedes 

Millipedes and centipedes pose unique challenges for residents in Port Charlotte. Millipedes, often attracted to moist environment, are commonly found around homes, particularly in damp places, such as crawl spaces and gardens. Their presence can be worrying as they may invade homes in large numbers, seeking shelter and food sources. Centipedes typically inhabit areas with high insect activity, such as around foundations of homes, mulch beds, and dark secluded spaces. Both pests can become a nuisance if their populations grow unchecked. Additionally they can potentially cause discomfort and alarm to residents of Port Charlotte. As we dive into this blog, we will understand the difference between the two insects and figure out what the next plan of action is.  

What is The Difference Between Millipedes and Centipedes?  

What Does a Millipede Look Like?

Milipedes are commonly found in many different places outdoors, particularly in moist and decaying things such as leaves, mulch beds, gardens, and logs or wood.  While primarily they are found outdoors, they may also venture indoors, especially during periods of heavy rain or extreme cold and warm temperatures. Inside homes, millipedes are often discovered in damp, dark areas, such as crawl spaces, bathrooms, and garages. 

What is the Harm Behind Millipedes? 

Millipedes don’t pose a threat to humans, as they don’t bite, sting, or attack people or pets. However, they can reproduce quickly, resulting in an infestation inside or outside your home. Female millipedes can hatch up to 300 eggs in soil, and those eggs can hatch within a few weeks. Additionally, it can result in a full-blown infestation in your backyard or inside. Also, millipedes, as said above, are often found in mulch beds and gardens, where they feed off the plant roots. This can cause harm to your garden or mulch bed plants, as they will start to die off and not grow back.

What Does a Centipede Look Like? 

Centipedes are often distinguished by their long, flattened bodies and numerous pairs of legs. They are a common sight for residents in Port Charlotte. As there are almost 3,000 species of centipedes, they can vary in appearance. However, typically they range in color from light brown to reddish-brown, with long antennae. 

Where Can You Find Centipedes? 

In Port Charlotte, with its warm climates and abundant vegetation, centipedes thrive. Similar to millipedes, centipedes are found in various outdoor spaces with high moisture levels. They prefer environments such as gardens, flower beds, mulch beds, and decaying leaves. Additionally, centipedes are attracted to areas around homes where they can find shelter and prey. While it is uncommon, centipedes can enter homes. Typically, they are found in dark and humid areas such as garages and crawl spaces. 

What is the Harm Behind Centipedes? 

While centipedes do not pose a significant threat to humans, they are capable of biting both humans and animals. When centipedes feel threatened or are hunting prey, they release venom through a painful sting, primarily targeting small insects. However, when humans or pets come into contact with centipedes, they may experience a painful sting, which can occasionally lead to redness and swelling. 

 House centipedes have the ability to reproduce rapidly if left unchecked. Female centipedes can lay up to 150 eggs in their lifetime, and their fast movement makes it challenging to locate their hiding places. 

Professional Pest Control for Millipedes and Centipedes  

Trying to control an infestation of millipedes and centipedes in Port Charlotte it can be a challenge without the help of a professional pest control company. Greenhouse Environmental understands the challenges homeowners face for residents in Port Charlotte. Additionally we offer effective solutions tailored to your needs. Our perimeter spray treatment targets the base of your home and extends 3 feet outwards, creating a protective barrier to prevent these pests from entering. This targeted approach not only addresses existing infestations but also prevents future centipedes or millipedes from entering.  

For customers with mulch beds, we ensure thorough coverage by saturating the area with our treatment, eliminating hiding spots for millipedes and centipedes. Additionally, we utilize granular insecticides, which penetrate deeper into the soil, providing long-lasting protection against these pests. At Greenhouse Environmental, we prioritize customer satisfaction, which is why we offer free quotes and tailored solutions. Our experienced technicians will assess your property, identify potential entry points and develop a customized pest control plan to effectively eliminate all millipedes and centipedes from your home. You can trust Greenhouse Environmental to take care of your pest problems in Port Charlotte, leaving your home pest-free and your peace of mind restored.