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What is this?

What is this?
Rossville, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
October 18, 2009
I have these millipede looking things crawling around my patio and onto the house. Have found several inside the house. Can anyone tell me what they are and how to get rid of them?

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A representative of the famil
A representative of the family Parajulidae, order Julida. Rowland shelley

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Millipedes aren't a threat, s
Millipedes aren't a threat, since all they eat is rotting plant and fungus matter. If they are getting into your home, you must have a moist spot at ground level or below that they are using to get in. But they mean nor do no harm. Watching their many legs move in perfect synchrony is pretty hypnotic!

 
True... sort of
Millipedes aren't aggressive and don't attack people, but many are capable of letting off some nasty defensive chemicals if they think they're in danger: acrid, foul-smelling, or even containing cyanide. The worst ones usually are brightly colored, but better to be safe even with the nondescript ones

In general, it's best not to handle them directly (for the bug's safety as well as your own), but if you do, wash off any part of your skin that's come in contact with them if there's any indication they may have secreted anything.

The simplest way to get them out of the house is to herd them into a a container with a broom and dump them outside. You can also put a jar over them, slip something flat like a card under the opening to keep them in, then take the whole thing outside to let them go.

it is a Millipede + thoughts about
Not sure which species. They eat plant matter, so I wouldn't worry about getting rid of them. Just put them outside. This might be a seasonal thing with winter approaching. I'm not sure though. Let's see what other people have to say.
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