Portuguese Millipedes: What They Are and How They Attack

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With potent and strong secretions that stain furniture, upholstery and fabrics, Portuguese millipedes are a serious pest to homes, businesses and offices across Perth. Invading in the thousands, they can cause serious damage to your fabrics and often seem impossible to get rid of.

At The Pest Guys in Perth, we specialise in resolving Portuguese millipede infestations fast. Utilising advanced equipment, expert techniques and specialised products, we rid your property of Portuguese millipedes and establish millipede control practices.

What Are They?

Portuguese millipedes have a smooth and cylindrical body made up of up to 50 segments at full development. Adults grow up to 45mm long and have dark grey or black hair with two legs on each segment. Juveniles are distinguishable as they have light brown hair with a dark stripe along the sides of their bodies.

Native to Europe, Portuguese millipedes were accidentally introduced into Australia during the mid 1950s. They became a common pest impacting homes in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

What Do They Do?

For property owners, Portuguese Millipedes are an ongoing nuisance once an infestation has begun. They’re able to invade your property in the thousands and are drawn to lights – making your home, business or office their ideal destination.

Once they’re inside, they have the potential to seriously damage carpets, curtains, bedding and furniture with yellow secretions. This can leave your furniture and upholstery looking dirty and worn. Their secretions have a strong odour and are so potent that they can even stain skin.

When it comes to ridding your property of Portuguese Millipedes, it’s best to leave it to the professionals for complete peace of mind.

When Are They Active?

Portuguese millipedes begin mating in autumn – generally through March and April – and lay the most eggs in April and May. Adult females lay around 200 eggs and juveniles hatch over a week. They reach adult size and maturity after around two years.

Once matured, Portuguese millipedes have the potential to wreak havoc inside your home or business. Most active at night, they’re drawn to lights and make their way into your property by the thousands.

How Can I Get Rid of a Millipede Infestation?

As soon as you notice Portuguese millipedes in your home or business, it’s time to get expert help. From literally seeing them curled up to observing their yellow secretions on your furniture and fabrics, dealing with Portuguese millipedes can be tricky.

To prevent a Portuguese millipede infestation, make sure that all access points to your home are properly sealed to limit access. You can even set up an external light source outdoors to attract Portuguese millipedes away from your home.

Perth’s Millipede Control Professionals

Worried about Portuguese millipedes in your property? Contact Perth’s millipede control professionals. At The Pest Guys, we get rid of Portuguese millipede infestations with expertise and precision.

For expert advice on millipede control complete eradication of millipede infestations, chat with our team today. Contact us on (08) 6201 2013.