Centipedes and Millipedes
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Centipedes & Millipedes Found In Washington State
Belonging to the subphylum of arthropods called Myriapoda (In Greek, Myriapoda translates to “countless legs”), centipedes and millipedes are elongated, segmented invertebrates that feature a plethora of legs and a diverse range of subspecies. As there are nearly 88,000 known types of centipedes and millipedes combined worldwide, these bugs have been found on every continent except Antarctica.
While both of these invertebrates can be beneficial for your landscape—as millipedes break down rotting material and centipedes prey on other garden pests—an overabundance of them surrounding your home can be unsettling. It’s important to learn about the similarities and differences between centipedes and millipedes to give you a better understanding of why you’re seeing them around your home or business.
What Do Centipedes and Millipedes Look Like?
Centipedes and millipedes come in a variety of sizes relative to one another. Ranging from 2/5 of an inch to 12 inches, these bugs can grow to the size of a standard ruler with up to 750 legs!
Visually, centipedes and millipedes have differentiating leg characteristics that can be easily identified when you’re up close.
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