Millipedes normally live outdoors but may become nuisance pests indoors
by their presence. At certain times of the year (usually late summer and
autumn) due to excessive rainfall or even drought, a few or hundreds or
more leave the soil and crawl into houses, basements, first-floor rooms,
up foundation walls, into living rooms, up side walls and drop from the
Millipedes do not bite humans nor damage structures, household
possessions or foods. They can give off a disagreeable odor and if
crushed, leave an unsightly mess. These creatures are usually abundant
in compost piles and
heavily mulched ornamental plantings, moving out shortly after sunset
sometimes into dwellings.
Over the past years, they have migrated in large numbers during a period
of unusually warm weather for the time of the year (75 degrees F) and
then would immediately stop when a quick drop in temperature (cold snap)
occurred. Anyone handling these creatures without gloves will notice a
lingering odor (hydrogen cyanide-like), and the fluid may be harmful if
rubbed into the eyes. If crushed, millipedes may stain rugs and fabrics.
Although millipedes invade finished and unfinished basements,they’re more noticable in neighborhoods with a slab foundation as the main floor. These areas include Pelham, Alabaster and Helena neighborhoods that have this type of home construction. This also includes developments in Hoover and Vestavia.
Call 426-0381 or Call/text 223-9460 for service in Homeood, Hoover, Vestavia, Pelham, Helena or Alabaster areas.