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Millipede

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Millipede

 
Millipede. Photo by Bart Drees.

Millipedes. Photo by Bart Drees.

Millipedes are not insects because they have more than 6 legs.  They are harmless outside and feed on organic matter.  They can become pests when they migrate indoors into homes.

Centipedes and millipedes are members of the subphylum Myriapoda, which means “many legs.”  Other myriapods include symphylans and pauropods, which are both similar in appearance to centipedes.  The majority of these creatures live in humid, moist environments and can commonly be found in soil, leaf litter or under rocks or wood.

Centipedes and millipedes do not transmit diseases to plants, animals or humans.  These arthropods are more of a nuisance than a destructive pest. Centipedes do have the first pair of appendages modified into claws which can inject poison.  The bite of larger species of centipedes may cause discomfort.  Millipedes occasionally damage seedling plants by feeding on stems and leaves.

Source:  Centipedes and Millipedes

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