Millipedes are identifiable by their smooth cylindrical body. When disturbed they will curl up into a tight spiral or will try to escape with thrashing, snake like movements. If agitated they will secrete a pungent yellow fluid. They are 20-44 mm long, with 50 body segments. They come from a group of animals called Myriapoda, which means many legs.
Millipedes tend to live outdoors where they will feed on leaf litter, damp and decaying wood, fungus, mulched garden beds and vegetable matter. They will reproduce in autumn to early winter. The female will lay around 200-250 pin-sized, yellowish white eggs within a hole that they have created in the soil.
Millipedes can play a useful role by breaking down organic matter in soil but can quickly become pests when they reach a high population level. If you are having any problems with Millipedes then call SWATAPEST on 9277 0960 to discuss how we are able to help.
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