Millipedes Pest Control Service

Millipedes might bug you, but did you know that they are not insects? They are myriapods, which have many legs. These little creatures are great to have in your garden, where they burrow and aerate the soil. However, they are not so great to have in your house. Many species emit poisonous liquids. While millipede poisons are not going to seriously harm you, they can irritate your eyes and skin.

Native Australian millipedes are rarely an issue. However, there is a type of invasive millipede that causes problems. The Portuguese black millipede can be a real pest. When they get into your house, they get into food, clothing, and bedding. If you squash them, they can stain your floors and smell terrible. Plus, unlike native millipedes, these invaders are bad for your garden!

Flick’s Gold Home Protection Plan will help you to keep your home free from millipedes and other pests. Our Home Protection Plans include a 12-month warranty and provide affordable protection for your home. You can find out more about our Gold Plan here.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Because there are so many different types of millipedes in Australia, our professional millipede pest management team will begin by identifying your infestation.

If you have questions, you can call us on 1300 270 019 for assistance.

The specific type of millipede you are struggling with will largely depend on where you live and whether it is an invasive species.

Once we know where to start and the type of species, we can choose the appropriate millipede pest treatment to ensure total millipede control.

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Flick's Home Protection Plans

Flick's Home Protection Plans provide effective and affordable protection for your home and family from a wide range of pests. Our Gold plan includes preventive measures to stop millipedes from entering your home in the first place, as well as reactive and emergency millipede pest control services if needed. All plans come with a 12-month warranty* and easy monthly payments. With a variety of plans to choose from, you can find a plan that meets your specific needs and budget. Contact your local Flick branch to see if Home Protection is available in your area and begin shielding your family from millipedes today!

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Common Millipede Questions

  1. How common are millipedes in Australia?

    Millipedes are very common in Australia, with approx. 2000 species found in the country. They can be found in all states and territories, and in a variety of habitats.

  2. What do millipedes eat?

    Millipedes are detritivores, meaning they eat dead and decaying organic matter. This includes leaves, wood, and other plant material. Millipedes also play an important role in the ecosystem by helping to break down organic matter and return nutrients to the soil.

  3. Are millipedes dangerous?

    Millipedes are not dangerous to humans or animals. They do not bite or sting, and they do not carry any diseases. However, some millipedes can produce a defensive secretion that can irritate the skin if it comes into contact with it.

Common Millipedes

Portuguese Black Millipede


The Portuguese Black Millipede (Ommatoiulus Moreleti), is an introduced species which is known for being a nuisance pest. Similar to other species of Julid millipedes, the Portuguese black millipede discharges a yellowish liquid when disturbed to discourage predators. Although the fluid is not dangerous to humans, it can stain skin and material.


The Portuguese Black Millipede often reaches plague numbers, especially in southern Australia. In large numbers, the species often invade houses and other dwellings, contaminating food and infesting carpets and bedding. They can also destroy fruit and vegetable crops.

Spirobolid Millipede


Spirobolid Millipedes have rounded bodies and grow to large sizes, with some reaching 20cm. They feed on the soft parts of plants and decaying vegetation. Like other millipedes, Spirobolid Millipedes have defensive chemicals that, although not poisonous to humans, can stain the skin.


Spirobolid Millipedes are found in moist areas, especially under logs and in leaf litter. They live in eastern Australia in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (most species are found worldwide in the tropics).