Portuguese Millipedes belong to a group of animal called Myriapoda, or “many-legged creatures” which also includes several native Australian millipedes.
The Portuguese millipede natural occurs in south-west Europe. They were first recorded in Western Australian around Roleystone and are spreading around the metropolitan areas. Originally Portuguese Millipedes were only along the Darling Scarp from Kalamunda to Byford.
This year StewartS have treated the normal problem areas around Kalamunda, Darlington and Glen Forrest, but have noticed the problem spreading to areas such as Belmont, and Ascot and Bedfordale.
Millipedes have a smooth, cylindrical body, which distinguishes it from the native species around Perth, which have a bumpy look. Native millipedes are usually found in low numbers and are widespread. Portuguese millipedes congregate in large numbers, especially after rain.
Portuguese millipedes will curl up into a tight spiral when disturbed or try to escape with thrashing snake-like movements. The colour of the adult millipedes rang from slate-gray to black. Juveniles are light brown with a darker stripe along each side.
Although Portuguese millipedes are not harmful to humans, they are a severe nuisance when hundreds or even thousands invade houses. They are one of the few millipede species that are attracted to lights at night.
Millipedes can cause damage to vegetable and plants in the same manner as snails. If they get into electrical equipment can cause damage.
Stewarts can treat around the perimeter of your home. This leaves a residual and is very effective against the Portuguese Millipedes. Once the Millipede comes in contact with the chemical they will pick it up and will not enter the home.
Stewarts also suggest cleaning up decaying leaves, bark chips and other garden litter to reduce areas of shelter.
If you require any further information on Millipedes please contact our office on (08) 9274 8444 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.
This is a Western Australian invention by two gentlemen that live in the hills area. They have developed an environmentally friendly way to reduce the number of millipedes at your property.
The light attracts the milipedes, where they then fall into a specially patented catcher that does not allow the millipedes to crawl out.
They are all made from recycled plastic and double as a garden light.
If you have any questions regarding this product or would like to order the product please contact us.