We were lucky that we don’t have a lot of pests and insects in our home, save for ants and the occasional mosquito or the once-in-a-blue-moon cockroach. I say “were,” because ever since the scarily strong winds of typhoon Basyang, we found that our terrace, garage, garage walls, and pretty much our entire yard had lots of these:
I initially thought the winds that night probably shook the trees so much that these creepy crawlies were displaced and landed virtually everywhere; I even see some on the street. However, until now they have not yet made their way back to the trees, and in fact it appears that they are increasing in number. Yikes.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t think too much about it, but I’m now doing so on account of one, there seems to be more of them everyday, and frankly it’s disturbing; and two, my baby goes out to the terrace and yard to play in the mornings. Hence I’d like to know if these creepy crawlies bite, or will cause the itchies, or some other adverse reaction.
So I did some research. Based on what I found out on the Internet, it seems that they are millipedes. As they eat green matter, whether decaying or not, and loves moist places, they appear to have found a home in our garden, especially now that it rains almost daily. There are also probably lots of drying/rotting leaves on our roof and gutters due to typhoon Basyang. My only source of comfort is that they are classified as scavengers, and that they apparently do not bite. However, some of what I read say that they sometimes emit noxious or poisonous substances (!). Whuuut?!? In any case, I think it’s time for them to go.
So now my question is, how do I get rid of them? I asked our manang early this morning to wash them away with soapy water, but apparently that doesn’t work. She sweeps them and kills them on a daily basis, but it doesn’t seem to affect their numbers in any way. I’m not keen on using insecticides and such other sprays; I’m not a big fan of bug sprays, especially now that we have a baby at home.