If your home has been invaded by legions of many legged small creatures in the past several weeks, you are not alone.

What you found are indeed millipedes (it’s Latin for thousand feet).They live outdoors and are considered beneficial for the ecosystem. They feed on decaying vegetation and, in subtropical and tropical forest, where earthworms are not plentiful; millipedes take their place as the dominant soil-forming decomposers.

Indoors they can be a nuisance but they don’t do any damage, won’t breed and will die within a day since its too dry inside. They carcasses take on a brittle, crunchy texture and emit an especially foul odor (for that reason it’s not a good idea to vacuum them).

To keep them out of the house, make sure that your weather- stripping around the doors and windows is in good shape. Seal all cracks and crevices in the walls. They appear to be attracted to porch lights, so turn off lights when not in use.

Millipedes favorite hangout is mulch, make sure that mulch is no more than 3 or 4 inches deep and is at least 2-3 feet away from the foundation of the house. Cap off sprinkler heads that spray water near the foundation of the house since they prefer high-moisture places.

Pesticide applications will help only to contain them but the problem will only be solved when the wet season is over. Our “green” advice: Be patience or get a pet chicken, they love them!