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Oct 29, 2011 12:50 AM

urgent help required to id kitchen pest!

Hi, im finding several small bugs on my kitchen floor & would be really grateful if someone could help me id them. I'll try to post a photo when i can catch one. They range from being a couple of cm long to approx 1cm, brown in colour & lots of legs, like a small centipede or something. They dont seem to like the light & can move realtively quickly into the cracks on the floor when i put the light on. They seem to be concentrated in the kitchen by the cracks in the floor but i have seen one or two out of the kitchen. Urgent help would b fantastic, i'm heavily pregnant & losing sleep over this! Thanks in advance.
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:32 AM (in response to lolly)
    Re: urgent help required to id kitchen pest!

    A photo would be great but there are probably a few more important things to worry about in your present condition!

    Sounds like a millipede or centipede.

    This site has some id photos that might help with your id

    Hope this helps:)

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        Oct 29, 2011 9:38 AM (in response to lolly)
        Re: urgent help required to id kitchen pest!

        Millipedes like the damp - they normally enjoy decaying vegetable matter - so if you have had damp weather, they have probably been breeding happily for a while. Basement dehumidifiers are often used to keep underfloor areas dry and less attractive to visitors like these.  If they are coming up through the cracks in your floor, the best and safest solution might be to block up the cracks with some caulk or even as a temporary solution, electrical tape. Check you haven't got a damp spot in your kitchen - is your sink/ tap/dishwasher/washing machine leaking anywhere? Vacuum them up if you can when you see them and put them outside in the bin to stop reproduction. Also keep decaying vegetation away from your house if you can, such as leaves, weeds, etc.

        Insecticides are often used but under the circumstances, at the moment you may not want to go down this path. I use sticky traps (which usually have an organic bait) for cockroaches and moths, so maybe something like those would work but I don't know if millipedes will want to walk across them!

        This site has some other suggestions but I can't vouch for the safety of the chemicals suggested, so be very vigilant about possible safety concerns even with so called 'natural' solutions.

        Probably best to just try and make your house less attractive and seal it off as best you can. They're persistant little creatures but do play a huge

        role in the ecosystem, so if you can just point them in the right direction (ie outside) hopefully they'll figure it out for themselves.

        Good luck!

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    Oct 29, 2011 10:47 PM (in response to lolly)
    Re: urgent help required to id kitchen pest!
    It looks like a dermestid beetle larva, possible a larder beetle but someone else might be able to be more specific. I'd have a check of your kitchen cupboards etc. to see if you can find what they're feeding on, although finding just a couple doesn't necessarily mean you have an infestation.
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