It’s incredible disgusting when you wake up in the middle of the night and on your way to the bathroom, you suddenly step on a gross millipede. How did it get into the house, still wondering! But the surprise didn’t stop there…it seems that the little fellow I crushed the other night was with its whole family and they come to the funeral…a bunch of millipedes were standing in the corners of the room, near baseboards … everywhere. This is crazy! Besides that my eye didn’t see a millipede since childhood, now I’m sharing my flat with them.
Wondering how millipedes look like?
Well, they are dark brown with a hardish body. Most of the time these nasty little pests dry up and die on their own, but dealing with an infestation is something creepy and you won’t wait until they dry up. You would want to get rid of them instantly.
How to get rid of millipedes inside the house?
1. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper contains capsicum is which is a natural insect repellent. It is also among the easiest home remedies to get rid of millipedes. All you need to do is spread some pepper at all entry points of your home and around the baseboards.
2. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is made of fossilized diatoms. It dehydrates and scorches any insect that comes in contact with it.
Spreading some of this natural product in moist areas can help with an infestation. You can also make a millipede trap using diatomaceous earth.
3. Light Trap
- Take a large bowl or old tin can and bury it in the ground with the rim of the can/bowl level with the earth.
- Fill the bowl/can halfway with water.
- Take a plastic bucket and place it upside down over the bowl. Cut out little entrances around the base to allow the millipedes in.
- Inside the bucket, attach some lighting to the top. Either run an electric cable from the house and cut a hole for the wire and bulb. Alternatively, tape a flashlight to the inside of the bucket.
- Light the trap at night and sit back.
- The millipedes will crawl through the entrances at the base of the bucket and fall into the bowl of water and drown. Depending on the millipede infestation, you could have hundreds of insects caught the next day.
4. Millipede Trap
To make your own millipede trap, connect 2 small plastic soda bottles and insert a small plastic tube. Place a bit of fruit into 1 of the bottles to act as bait for the millipedes. The millipedes will go through the tube and fall into the bottles without being able to get out.