How to Prevent Millipedes in Tennessee
The best way not to find millipedes crawling around where you don’t want them is to prevent them from doing so in the first place. While removing millipedes isn’t difficult, no amount of removal will stop them from coming into your home or business if you don’t fix the fundamental problem. Here are some ways to prevent millipedes from our expert technicians at U.S. Pest Protection.
Find and Seal Points of Entry
The first and best step in preventing millipedes is to stop them from being able to enter your home or business. No matter how many millipedes are in or around your lawn, a properly sealed home will keep millipedes—and other insects and pests—out.
Millipedes are excellent diggers, and while they can crawl up short walls, they can’t fly. As a result, the ground floor and basement should be your focus areas for sealing up entry points. We suggest taking the following actions:
- Seal your garage door.
- Seal all doors.
- Ensure all windows fully close.
- Explore your basement for cracks in the foundation.
Remove Millipede Food Sources
Millipedes are herbivores and prefer to scavenge for their food. Different species have slightly different diets, but most millipedes eat decaying leaves, wet or rotting wood, and the like, in addition to fruits and vegetables. As a result, one of the things you can do to prevent millipedes is to remove food sources from around your home. Make sure you keep the following away from your foundation if you are encountering millipedes:
- Grass clippings
Keep Water Away
Millipedes are dependent on a large amount of moisture to survive. It’s why they don’t survive long in your home. Thankfully, it’s also an opportunity for prevention. Make sure there’s not ample moisture and water by taking the following steps:
- If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it doesn’t leave standing water.
- Fix any interior or exterior water leaks.
- Ensure your gutters and drains are cleaned.
- Run your sump pump often.
- Dehumidify areas of high humidity.
For Millipede Prevention Tips, U.S. Pest is Here
Even though you may be studious in preventing bugs and pests like millipedes from entering your home, they can sometimes make their way in anyway. If you’re at your wit’s end, know there’s a solution for you: U.S. Pest Protection. Our technicians can keep millipedes and other pests from entering your home and causing problems. We offer a free inspection and estimate for all our customers. There’s no downside—contact us today!