How To Get Rid Of Millipedes?

Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of millipedes?

A: The first step is to change the environment in which they thrive. Try to eliminate the moist areas where their eggs overwinter to reduce their initial population. Rake out all of the mulch under plants near the house and replace it with fresh material. Keep your lawn mowed often so the thatch doesn’t become sodden. Fortunately, they are not harmful – only a nuisance. If all else fails, select a landscape insecticide and spray a two foot wide strip on all sides of your patio, steps, walkway, etc. Also spray the mulch under shrubs near the house. Dry weather usually causes a precipitous decline in numbers….unless the mulch areas are constantly damp from irrigation. There is no need to treat your lawn.

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