Millipedes Seek Shelter Inside Kansas City, Missouri Area Homes When It’s Either Too Wet Or Too Dry Outside
What Are Millipedes?
Millipedes are insects that have long, multi-segmented bodies, with legs coming out of each body segment. Most millipedes are between ½ to 1½ inches long. They are usually brown, dark gray, or black in color. However, some species can be orange or red.
Millipedes usually live outside but may come indoors during extremely wet weather. In addition, when the weather turns cold and the outdoor environment is more severe, they may look to shelter inside your home.
Millipedes feed on organic decaying material and seek out places where these are common. The leggy creatures scavenge through mulch, leaves, grass clippings, and rotting wood. They may give you a scare when found hiding under a woodpile or your garbage can.
The population of millipedes can increase rapidly if you have a garden or greenhouse, because these areas provide ample amounts of the damp, organic soil mixtures they feed upon.