Millipede Control Perthportuguese-millipede

Ever encountered small and black crawling creatures that seemingly come out of the blue and occupy your deck and even go inside your house? It’s likely that you’ve ran into Portuguese Millipedes. First detected in Western Australia in Roleystone in the mid 80’s, these caterpillar-like creatures spread out all over metropolitan Perth and to the south-west. To rectify a millipede invasion, reach out to Allrid, millipede control specialists.

An insight into millipedes

Millipedes fall under the Myriapoda (many legs) animal classification. Millipedes typically live outdoors and feed on fungus, decaying wood, leaf litter, vegetable matter such as green leaves and mosses found on the ground.

There are over 1,000 millipede species in the world, and only a handful of experts are capable of telling them apart.

Millipedes are slow-crawling and have round segmented bodies where each segment carries two pairs of legs. Also, the segments bear glands that discharge a stifling yellowish secretion anytime the animal is distressed. The discharge contains organic chemicals known as quinines that make millipedes unpleasant to predators like birds.

The Portuguese millipede with its silk, cylindrical body is distinguishable from its native counterpart around Perth which bears a rough look. The native millipedes occur in lesser numbers but are widespread. Contrarily, the Portuguese millipedes flock in huge numbers and are very mobile more so following the first showers in autumn.


Why you should control millipedes

Though only regarded as a nuisance pest at home, in huge numbers Portugues millipedes can result in significant problems. For instance, in 2002, the train lines between millipedes invaded the railway line between Ballarat and Melbourne that fifty trains were barred from running.

It’s inconceivable how such tiny creatures could halt train services, but the oils and mush from tons of dead millipedes on the track led to the trains losing traction. The mess had to be wiped off for routine services to resume.

Similarly, if millipedes invade your house, you’ll step on them regularly which is not only annoying and stinky (from their yellow discharge!) but an inconvenience since it may call for regular cleaning of dead millipedes.

Indicators of a millipede infestation

Millipedes are occasional invaders, but an outbreak becomes apparent when you start to see a considerable number of millipedes appear in or around your house.


Control measures

A millipede control company is best positioned to determine the best possible way to control an invasion on your property. Among the control methods used by experts use include:

  • Physical barriers: Smooth barricades prevent millipedes from gaining access to your houses due to their inability to cross vertical, rounded and smooth surfaces. Experts can fix the earlier mentioned surfaces below doorsteps, walls, vent bricks and window ledges but must be maintained free of vegetation.
  • Chemical control: Residual chemical barriers one meter wide are sufficient to kill millipedes before they gain access to your house. Most pesticides must be re-applied due to their limited active life for continuous control – particularly during the rainy season. Experts may apply chemicals to garden beds, paths and walls were they suspect are favorable grounds for breeding.

Why Allrid?

Stopping a millipede – especially a Portuguese millipede – isn’t straightforward. Physical barriers like water taps or light may provide a short-term solution, however, at Allrid we offer lasting solutions like; treating breeding areas and follow up services to subdue millipede numbers.

Contact us today for all your pest control requirements.