How to Get Rid of Millipedes

How to Get Rid of Millipedes

Millipedes are small, worm-like creatures. The name has a Latin origin:

  • Mille (thousand)
  • Pedis (foot)

The ‘thousand-feet’ creature is known to be active in Singapore, as they are attracted to moist and warm environments. Millipedes are close counterparts to centipedes. In this article, we will look at various ways to get rid of millipedes, both indoors and outdoors.

How to get rid of millipedes indoors

Generally, millipedes don’t come indoors, but in some case they do. There are several ways to get rid of millipedes indoors. The first thing to do is prevent entrance by sealing off any cracks or openings that may allow millipedes to enter your home.

You can also use a dehumidifier to keep the indoor area cool. Remember that millipedes are attracted to hot and humid areas. By controlling the indoor climate you can make it unappealing for millipedes. Also pay attention to any still-standing water and leaking pipes that will increase humidity levels.

how to repel millipedes naturally

Will baking soda kill millipedes?

There are some natural ways to get rid or millipedes in indoor areas. Baking soda is a popular and widely-used method for various things, including as a millipede repellent. Sprinkle some baking soda in parts of your house where you think millipedes are active. Millipedes hate baking soda, so they will quickly move away.

Is neem oil suitable for getting rid of millipedes naturally?

Neem oil is another powerful natural treatment method for millipedes. The oil contains compounds that millipedes strongly repel against. All you need to do is spray some neem oil around your home. Pay special attention to the entry points to your home, in particular doors and windows.

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How to get rid of millipedes outside

If you’re looking to get rid of millipedes outside, there are a few steps you can take. First and foremost, make sure to inspect your home or property regularly for any entry points that may allow millipedes into your home. If you find an opening, seal it immediately to prevent more millipedes from coming in. Additionally, get rid of any sources of standing water or debris around your home which can attract these bugs.

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Will vinegar kill millipedes?

Vinegar is another powerful and natural method to get rid of millipedes. The contents of vinegar are so strong that it can kill millipedes upon contact. Make sure to apply it regularly to achieve optimal results. Note that if you there are many millipede larvae or eggs, vinegar will not be an effective treatment method.

Use a spray bottle and mix one part vinegar and four parts water to create an effective anti-millipede mixture. Apply it in the areas that are known to be popular for millipedes such as doors, windows and basements.

Does soapy water kill millipedes?

You may not think of it as a common pest treatment method, but soapy water does appear to be useful in some cases. Millipedes in particular are not too keen on soap. The soapy water suffocates and dehydrates millipedes, ultimately killing them. All you need to create the perfect mixture is to combine one part dish soap with four parts water in a spray bottle. Apply it in all areas of your home where you spot millipedes.

Pro Tip: Applying pesticides is the most effective and quick option to get rid of millipedes around your house.

Should I use pesticides for millipedes?

Pesticides are commonly used to treat pest infestations. The big downside of pesticides is that the chemicals can sometimes be toxic. However, when pest infestations are out of control, you may have no other option but to contact a pest control company to apply pesticides.

In the case of millipedes, we have already seen that natural treatments may not be very effective at getting rid of larvae and eggs. Pesticides offer a better solution. Contact your nearest pest control company to apply an effective pesticide treatment.


As we have seen, there are many things you can do to get rid of millipedes, both naturally and through a pest control company. There are some natural treatments that appear to be effective, but in many cases the millipede presence is so dense that it requires a proper pest-elimination plan to be executed.

Author: Soleha Nisaa

Frequently Asked Questions

Some common methods to repel millipedes include applying boric acid, cayenne pepper, or diatomaceous earth to the affected areas and across the home, and using yellow (sodium) lighting outdoors.

Millipedes hate tea tree oil and peppermint oil, so creating an essential oil spray and applying it around door frames, windows, and other entry points will help to keep millipedes away.

The most effective way to kill millipedes is spraying the perimeter and entry points of your house with insecticides and pesticides.