Millipedes are similar to Centipedes, in that both are long slender arthropods (not "true" insects) with many legs. However, Millipedes are not as flexible or fast as Centipedes, and Millipedes have two sets of legs per body segment, while Centipedes have one. Overall, Millipedes can have 30 – 400 legs.


These slow, burrowing insects curl into a coil when disturbed. Millipedes seek out dark, damp places like the undersides of rocks, plant mulch or in plant debris. In the fall, they may migrate into homes seeking shelter and moisture. Overripe fruit and root crops can attract Millipedes.


Millipedes are found throughout the United States.

Similar or Related Pests


Cultural Solutions

  • Seal and repair cracks or holes in your doors, baseboards and windowsills in the fall, when many insects seek shelter and food.
  • Numbers can be greatly reduced or even eliminated from certain areas by removing moist leaf litter that serves as a harbor and food source.