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tiny millipede?

tiny millipede?
Loveland, Big Thompson Canyon / Larimer County, Colorado, USA
September 1, 2006
Size: 1 inch
These millipedes have taken over our house. I am finding 2 or 3 a day. I was unconcerned until I saw a big one that looked like these scurry under a bookcase. What are they and do they get big? The one under the bookcase was 5-6 inches long. Help?

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tiny millipede? tiny millipede?

What you saw scurry under the
What you saw scurry under the bookcase was a centipede. They are gross if you ask me. They bite, but most bites aren't harmful. Here is more information

Moved from Millipedes.

Hello millipede lovers!
My roommate and I live in Glenside, PA and are currently under attack by these little guys. We weren't sure what they were at first, but because of the pictures here, I think we have identified them. We are glad they are harmless. :) Now, we are just wondering how to get rid of them. It has been raining a lot here and very humid during the day... for some reason, they like our apartment above everyone else's, and we are on the third floor! They aren't really bothering us, except that they are in the kitchen and we don't really want to sleep with them. So, if you have any suggestions about how to keep them at bay, please let me know! Thanks!

A female (unknown genus & spe
A female (unknown genus & species) of the indigenous North American family Parajulidae (order Julida). Parajulidae is the dominant millipede family in North America, which occurs, or may be expected, in the Alaskan panhandle, all the major provinces of Canada from BC to New Brunswick, every county in every state of the lower 48, every state in Mexico, and in most of Guatemala.

Unknown identity...
...but they're harmless to (adult) humans. The worst they can do is secrete chemicals that would burn if you got them on your hands and then rubbed them in your eyes or nose. It's also not a good idea to put them in your mouth, as the defense chemicals are said to be extremely distasteful. That's why I put "adult" in the first sentence - small children that put everything in their mouth should be your only concern, really. Millipedes typically show up in houses after very heavy rains, or if you have a room that sits below ground level. They're easily removed from the home with a small container of some sort. The ones you can't catch will quickly dry out and die.

Do they get large?
We have had more of them like I said, but last night we had one that was 5-6 inches scurry under a bookcase and we can't find it. It may have been a centipede. It was a reddish orange with even segments and lots of legs.

I'm pondering your use of the word "scurried". Millipedes tend to be rather slow... they move in a sort of undulating motion. (Rather hypnotizing to watch the legs go!) Now a centipede can scurry- those buggers can really scoot. Your photo is definitely a millipede, however, and are harmless, fascinating and important creatures. Just scoop them up and put them in your garden or in the lawn.

Without know what it is, it's hard to say if this is a young one or an adult. My guess is that it is still growing. If you are worried about dangerous bugs see this article.

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