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  1. #1 Millepede? 
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    Hello,
    we have thousands of these little fellows in our garden and inside the rooms.
    Any idea what they are and if this infestation is linked to a specific season and will spontaneously go away? If not? How to get rid of these things?
    Best regards,
    Dirk



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      Forum Cosmic Wizard i_feel_tiredsleepy's Avatar
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      Well it's definitely a millipede, not sure what is normal millipede behavior in Bali lol.


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      In my neck of the woods millipedes enjoy life most when they are someplace warm, damp, dark, and richly supplied with tiny prey fauna.

      You see more of them when it's been raining and warm, and there is some kind of drifted pile of leaves or rotting plants under a board left in the weeds or the like.
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      First of all, I`m no expert on bugs.
      It is millipead, as the others have said, and they do prefer habitat conditions as described. There is a wide variety among them, some are hervibores and some carnivores (prey on little insects, as said). They usually aren`t harmfull, although they secrete a bad smelling poison through their skin, which serves them as a defensive mechanism against animals tempted to prey on them, but it can also cause harm to you, if after you manipulate them with your bare hands, and afterwards you touch sensitive areas of your body as your nose, mouth or even the eyes, due to the highly irritant nature of its poison (use gloves when you manipulate them). Their difference with centipedes, its that these last ones only have one pair of legs in each segment of their body, while millipeads have two. Also that centipedes are carnivores and secrete the venom through its bites, which are like a wasp sting, hurts like "hell", and have very swift movements and are very aggressive, meanwhile millipeads only rely on its hard cuticule and skin poison, so when attacked they ussually recoil.

      Their presence (millipeads) is also a sign of a healthy environment, so you should think it twice before trying to get ridd of them. If that is not the case, you will have to use powerful insecticides, which btw, can also harm you or your family, as well as your whole garden, since these little fellars are very resistent to normal pesticides. I `d suggest you to be assesed by an expert in pest control, if you want to go on with this idea (I can`t give you any advice in this area). And at last, GOOD LUCK.

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      It looks like a millipodopolous.
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      Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
      It looks like a millipodopolous.
      No hits on Google... Guess it's a practical joke then, and I lacked the acumen to understand it?

      Or does a creature by this name in fact exist?
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      Don't hurt them
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