Apologies if this is not the proper forum to post this. We're building our new home and nearly finished probably end of this month. Went to the house this morning and found the walls literally covered with black Portuguese millipedes!!!
Apparently they breed on wet areas and are attracted to light, which we have a big lamp post at the front of our house. I'm now worried that since it's long weekend, by Tuesday the creepy crawlers might have gotten a way inside our house.
I'm confused whether I do something about it or just leave it and wait for the builder to deal with it?
Sorry I don't have an answer for you but I am looking forward to hearing how your problem is resolved as this is also happening to us. The disgusting things are everywhere - inside and outside the house. We've never had them before and I have no idea what to do about them.
This was my place Thursday evening...and this is just one part of the garage. They were around the WHOLE house!
Tonight I popped over to the house and the garage is millipede free!!! I think around the whole house there would be about 5 of them!
I heard they were attracted to light, however, at our house there is NO light on the street or coming out of the house at night. Where we rent, we have lights on and a bright light outside, and we have NO millipedes. So don't know what causes them, don't know why they pick some houses and not others, no idea how to get rid of them but I have heard there isn't really anything that can be done, and they are not harmful (although I don't want to try that one out!) and don't spread germs.
Good luck with your problem, hopefully they go just like ours did and they DON'T return!!!
They mentioned few ways of managing them and I'm desperate to try everything to make them disappear.
@Vans, Same thing happened to me, two days after they're not on the walls but they are on the ground. I'm now paranoid, that because of heat they are nesting and will come back in three-fold or more.
I'm thinking of doing the dishwashing liquid and Coopex from Bunnings. Wasn't able to take photos because when I saw them at my house, I can't even go near because the road at the front had them crawling. eeww... Had goosebumps just remembering that day.
Joined: 18 Mar 2011 Posts: 534 Location: Adelaide, SA
Same here!! But they only seem to be on the front render, not on bricks. We moved in November, didn't have a problem all summer, then few weeks ago with the first rain, they all came out. We have sprayed, with something from bunnings, but now that it's a bit warmer again, will have to wait till the next rain to see if it's worked! They are so gross
We have these suckers too, however just a crap load of corpses in the sand and none actually on the house, I put a ring of ant/wasp killer powder around the house, also put little solar light out with a ring of powder around that, it's killing them in their hundreds, I think the worst is yet to come as we haven't had many heavy rain days, this seems to be when they come out!!
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I have been trying to get rid of these for well over a month now. So far I have tried 1) Centripid & Millipede poison from Bunnings 2) Coopex 3) RichGro Snail & Snug pellets 4) Rat Poison pellets 5) Weed Killer 6) Baygon Snail & Snug Pellets 7) Mortein & Raid Planting a small plant
Of all the above, Raid / Mortein Insect Killer has been the most effective, but cant really afford to spray them. They are everywhere. Baygon Pellets are effective. Spread them along the perimeter from where they enter.
I can say these creatures are smart. In my case, they climb up to the porch ceiling & find their way inside the house through the door hinges. Any small gaps they can find, they manage their way in. Off late, I have found out that they have made their way into the roof and have entered our heating/cooling system vents. So every now and then, one of them drops from the vent onto our floor. Yesterday, found out that they have made their way into the Rangehood vent. Some of them managed to drop onto the cooktop even with the rangehood mesh closed. Am over it now. Seems nothing we can do to stop them. I even planted a small plant outside and installed solar lights around them hoping they can find their home there instead of invading my home. But no luck. I am just hoping they disappear once my landscaping is done.
they are through Bull Creek too.. They love green waste, so if you have a garden with a lot of leaves and other green stuff that is rotting, clean it up or spray it with poison.
I also set light traps outside which involves burying a ice cream container so its at ground level and placing a small torch in it. they fall into the ice cream container and can't get out.
using surface spray on most entrances has got rid of lots of them too. We haven't had many inside after doing all these things compared to previous years. After a few stints of rain they are really bad.
We also get them here in Hobart, Tas. I've been living in the same home for nearly 31 years, and in the past 2 years I've noticed these thin leech like insects in our home in the early months of the year. Crawling on the floors of some rooms, across or up a few of the walls and doors, beside the top of the kitchen sink and one in a large cup in the bathroom. They're a nuisance. For a while I thought, as we get those tiny species of clothes moths in the spring and summer, that they were moth larvae. But just recently, one of the staff at Rentokil informed me what they actually are. I find stomping or pressing on them with something doesn't kill them as they coil or curl up, you need to press on them with something like the sole of a unused slipper, then drag repeatedly to break them into pieces. The guy from Rentokil called me back last week, but said as they're only going to be present for another two weeks before they return in October, he wasn't keen on coming up and doing anything, but said if I still wanted him to spray/do something to call him. A few sprays of Mortein or Raid soon kills them too. But spraying on a tile or linolium floor makes those floors slippery. When I earlier thought they were moth larvae (moth life cycle during the year), I was concerned what if they come into contact with my clothes and eat holes and excrete their waste on them, so I ordered all these sachets of dried lavender online from Mt Baimbridge in Victoria just in case, which is a known moth/moth larvae deterrent. Even though now I know they're Portuguese Millipedes, it's actually moth larvae not adult moths (millers) that damage clothing and textiles. From having read some of the other posts on this topic, I might see if Bunnings or Mitre 10 have any such pest control products.
You poor thing! They are absolutely awful! I remember moving into my first house in Lesmurdie a few years back and it had just rained (millipedes come out when it rains) and we had left all the outside lights on at night, we walked outside at around 7pm to say goodbye to a friend and the house was covered, it was like a scene out of a horror movie.
Needless to say it became my No.1 goal to get rid of the millipedes, we sprayed around the entire perimeter of the house and up to 1-1.5 metre away from the house with Coopex, we were also told if they were really bad to actually get up on the roof and spray the edge of the roof, as they can get into the roof and come through any gaps in your ceiling when the lights are on. But I would imagine this is mainly a problem in older houses. As a long term solution I believe the Coopex works, we lived there for 5 years and our barrier spray actually lasted more than a year and it did significantly reduce the numbers of millipedes over the long term, we only sprayed twice during 5 yrs and would only get the occasional one in the house and mainly when it rained.
If you are thinking bark or mulch at your house, be aware that millipedes love it, so try to keep bark/mulch away from the house and lights off at night especially if your house is white or cream then they are really attracted. This is a small part of the reason I am happily painting my house dark grey.
Admittedly you kind of do get used to them, but they're not pleasant and I have heard of stories of people waking up to find them in their beds
Well I'm glad I know now what they actually are called. They are bloody everywhere. Half my porch ceiling is covered with them. Thank goodness they are harmless. We see the occasional one inside and most of the time I just leave them be. We have heaps of meat ants across the road and these bugs crawl right through their nest openings without a care in the world.
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