Millipedes have become an increasingly common problem in Port St Lucie and the Treasure Coast. The varieties most often found in St Lucie and Martin County tend to vary in color from black and brown to red. Though they can they can secrete a foul odor as a defense mechanism and can stain clothing if crushed, these worm-like insects are relatively harmless. Homeowners will often find them curled up dead inside homes or on the garage floor during South Florida’s rainy summer months. This is not by coincidence. All insects are more active and breed more quickly in the warm and humid summer months, millipedes in particular thrive during this time because they primarily feed on decaying plant matter. This is a key point of millipede behavior that provides clues for homeowner looking to learn how to get rid of millipedes.
Here are some tips on how to get rid of millipedes in Florida.
- Millipedes survive and thrive by feeding on decaying plant matter. Opting for lava rock or rubber mulch as opposed to wood can make a substantial difference in the millipede population around a home. Removing dead leaves and branches the accumulate underneath ornamental plants can also help and keeping hedges and trees well-trimmed allowing sunlight to reach the soil will also makes conditions for millipedes less favorable.
- Part in parcel to the decaying plant matter millipedes need to survive is high levels of moisture. Dry plant material does not make for a good resource for these bugs. While we cannot control the weather, homeowners certainly can control their sprinkler systems. A common mistake is allowing sprinklers to run on the same schedule throughout the year. Spring in Florida can be both dry and hot requiring a fair amount of water to keep lawns healthy. The summer months are when we receive the majority of our annual rain and during this time irrigation should be scaled back to not exacerbate already favorably conditions for pest. Even further, flooding of mulch beds can flush out bugs living there, forcing them into homes. Millipedes and centipedes included.
Centipedes are similar in shape to millipedes but are in fact very different. Centipedes tend to be less commonly found inside homes. They’re generally smaller and are carnivorous – feeding on other insects. It’s unlikely that centipedes will become a regular problem inside of a home requiring a pest control company’s service. Control measure homeowners can take themselves are the same as for that of millipedes. The condition around a home allowing millipedes to thrive are also going to be conducive for other insects, many of which will provide a food source for centipedes.
Though centipedes do not typically require an exterminator, millipedes often do. Port St Lucie and Stuart and Palm City in particular have seen an influx of these pests in recent years. Pest control companies in Port St Lucie can get rid of difficult to control bugs, especially those that require spraying on the entire yard and hard to reach places. Green Pest Services, LLC has experience exterminating these hard to eradicate pests and can do so using natural and organic products suitable for the chemically sensitive. If you would like a free quote on a guaranteed pest control service from a local pest control provider near you, contact Green Pest Services at 772-528-5839.