“Worm” Invasion (Millipedes)


It’s the time of year for milipedes (locals call them wireworms but they are not true wireworms) to migrate into homes and garages! Brandy VanDeWalle, Extension Educator, shares more information in this post.

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During this time of year I receive calls about worm-like, dark brown to black creatures that are invading people’s houses or garages. Most likely these are millipedes. Millipedes are not harmful in the yard, but can be a nuisance with the first spell of cool temperatures in fall. Millipedes will millipedex450invade houses (sometimes in large numbers) to find warmth on concrete in and around garages and houses. At times, millipedes can become so abundant; they may constitute a “millipede invasion” entering homes and other buildings. Once they reach indoors, millipedes will die – no sprays are necessary.

Millipedes (sometimes called “wireworms” which are the larval stage of a beetle that feeds on plants in farm fields) have two pairs of legs per body segment. They are usually brown to black in color with an elongated body that is round. Millipedes have no poison claws or legs. Once disturbed, they usually…

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I'm the Crops and Water Extension Educator for York and Seward counties in Nebraska with a focus in irrigated crop production and plant pathology.

Posted on October 3, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We have been getting aggregations- big clumps of millipedes outside of the Entomology Lab in North Platte! https://www.dropbox.com/s/23kekryj1vt6f3i/2014-09-15%2009.55.54.jpg?dl=0

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