If you're like most people, spotting bugs in your home can be disturbing. It can be hard to get rid of insects and bugs, but there are things you can try. If you are struggling with millipedes in your house, here are some tips that may help you eliminate them.
Step 1: Determine what they are
Sometimes people confuse millipedes with centipedes, but both types can find their way into homes. A millipede is around 1 1/2 inches long and is usually black or brown. A millipede contains 30 to 400 legs, depending on its size, and it will curl into a ball when it is disturbed.
If you find bugs in your house that fit this description, they are probably millipedes. There are several things you can try to get them to leave your home.
Step 2: Take action in your home
The first step for all types of bug prevention in a home is to make sure the home is sealed. You should walk around the outside of your home and the inside and fill in any cracks you find. You may also want to place caulk around all your windows and doorways to ensure that all small cracks are filled.
The next thing you should do is to find a way to reduce the moisture in your house. Millipedes thrive in moist areas. Because of this, you should try to dry your home out by using a dehumidifier to remove the moisture inside your house. This also includes removing any standing water found outside that is near your home. If there are millipedes outside of your home, they will try to work their way in.
Step 3: Use chemicals
The next thing you will need to do is to use chemicals to get rid of the millipedes. One option to try is boric acid. You can place this around your house, and it comes in powder form. If a millipede steps in it, it will die.
Another option is to purchase pesticides to spray around your house. You can safely spray many types of pesticides inside your house and around the outside of it, and this will kill the millipedes if they walk through it.
If you try all of these steps and are still fighting with millipedes in your house, call a pest control company. They may be able to offer more tips to help you eliminate the bugs, and they may have stronger pesticides that work better.