January 28, 2013
Facts About Millipedes
Millipedes like moist habitats under rocks, rotting logs, and leaf debris. Most eat decaying plant material, but a few species occasionally can be carnivorous. Some may also occasionally eat living plants.
To discourage predators, millipedes coil into a protective spiral, or roll into a defensive ball; many emit poisonous or foul-smelling substances. Many bright-colored/patterned millipedes secrete a compound containing cyanide.
"Millipedes lack the structures to bite, pinch, or sting, and are harmless to humans, although the defensive secretions burn if they get into the eyes. Millipedes are entirely non-toxic to humans and can be picked up by hand. Some secretions discolor the skin, but this wears away in a few days without lasting effect. Some large, cylindrical, tropical species squirt their defensive secretions up to a half meter and can blind chickens and dogs. Their fluids are painful if they get into the eyes, and persons working with tropical millipedes should be suitably cautious." [Rowland Shelley]
Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009. If you're concerned that you have millipedes in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
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The myriapods, the world’s leggiest animals, by R.M. Shelley
Spiders and Their Kin: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press Herbert W. Levi, Lorna R. Levi, Nicholas Strekalovsky. 2001. St. Martin's Press