Millipedes are small creatures, usually about two inches or less in length. However, they can grow up to about four inches in the southeastern United States. Millipedes are different from centipedes because they have two sets of legs on each side of every body segment, effectively quadrupling the amount that centipedes have. They also do not have fangs and are not poisonous. They are normally found in moist climates and conditions and they love to feed on decaying matter.
Millipedes can become overpopulated in and around your home. Very often when there are too many millipedes in one area, or living conditions become less than ideal, they will migrate to new locations. Because they seek to find areas that are moist or wet, they will often be found hiding in places such as crawl spaces, garages, and basements. For that reason it is difficult to get rid of them altogether.
There are a number of at-home preventing tips including the following: