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Black Portuese Millipede (Ommatoiulus moreleti)

Order: Julida
Family: Julidae
Genus: Ommatoiulus
Species: moreleti


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Camp Pendleton, California
Cloverdale, California
Nuevo, California
Red Bluff, California
San Diego, California
San Antonio, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On May 28, 2010, Jensilaedi from Perth,
Australia wrote:

Mum also has this millipede on her property, she's done everything, spider sprays, insect repellent, flyspray, slug or snail repellents or powder... ant dust... "'stay off" pet repellent, water pools and anything with water worsens the situation. The other post was correct in saying that they come at first signs of rain during the warm months. They pretty much aren't there when its shivering cold during the day..
They love to crawl on the walls and ceilings but aren't restricted to those. we've also tried to put moth balls and bombs to kill them... the biggest mystery is what they really eat as mum is a very clean and tidy person when it comes to plants and the kitchen in the house and still they come in.
Seriously if anyone has any idea what prevents these creatures from com... read more


On Oct 13, 2008, france4me from manjimup,
Australia wrote:

They appear at first rains around verandahs and enter houses as they are attracted to light at night.
Not harmful to humans apparently but a real pest -they appear to have no natural predators in Australia. Some success with nematodes apparently but longterm results not instant.
Pyretherum and carbaryl sprays seem to work when sprayed around the perimeter of your house - and up walls to half a metre,. Light traps may work in the garden - they fall into smoothsided trap sprayed with carbaryl and die - but not in sufficient numbers! They are everywhere in the garden and lawn and eat vegies.


On Aug 1, 2006, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This Millipede has been introduced into Australia from Europe. It occurs in our area in enormous numbers Large numbers come inside the house and we are continually gathering them and disposing of them. We have walked in the pine plantation nearby and found it almost impossible to put your foot down on the track without stepping on a millipede!