Invasion of Subterranean Creatures

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Is your home being invading by aliens? No, not an invasion from extraterrestrial beings, but an intrusion of the multi-legged arthropod aliens known as millipedes. Millipedes commonly invade buildings and homes with extremes in weather conditions. With the recent heavy rains, millipedes found inside have tried to escape the barrage of water in their natural habitats. Conversely, when there are periods of drought-like conditions, millipedes will travel indoors in search of thrust quenching water. While their appearance in sometimes large numbers is disconcerting, they do not carry disease, bite, sting, infest food, clothing or wood. They are simply a nuisance. Usually, once inside, millipedes curl up in a “C” formation and die. Drier indoor home environments are actually too dry for the survival of these subterranean creatures. Remove millipedes by vacuuming or sweeping them up. To find out more about millipedes and how to prevent their home invasions refer to the Insects Notes page produced by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the NCSU Department of Entomology at