Millipedes are crawling all over the streets as temperatures rise in Chengdu. They look like centipedes. Is it harmful?

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On April 9, some citizens discovered that a large number of black bugs appeared on the sidewalk of Dayue Road in Wuhou District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province. Children passing by were frightened and screamed.

Chengdu's warming millipedes crawl all over the streets and look like centipedes. Is it harmful?

The reporter contacted Chengdu Huaxi Zhao Li, director of the Insect Museum and a well-known entomologist, explained that this insect is called millipede, also known as millipede. The temperature in Chengdu has been rising in the past few days, and millipedes have crawled out of their nests.

Experts also said that although millipedes do not sting, they do have odor glands on their body segments, which secrete a poisonous odorous liquid. People with allergies can cause allergic reactions such as redness, swelling, and itching after direct contact. .

"Millipede" is generally the general name for three common small creatures: millipedes, millipedes, and centipedes. Although they are called "insects", they look like They are also like insects, but they are not insects, but three kinds of myriapods in the phylum Arthropods. Their common feature is that their bodies are long and slender, with walking legs on each segment. At first glance, they are densely packed with legs, so they are name.

As an important group of soil animals, millipedes are widely distributed in terrestrial ecosystems. They like dark and humid environments. Their favorite soils are soils with a large layer of plant litter and rich humus. living place.

Most millipedes mainly feed on semi-decomposed litter, and some also feed on young parts of plants. Their feeding behavior accelerates the transformation and decomposition of litter in terrestrial ecosystems. It has irreplaceable important functions in terrestrial ecosystems. So you see, don’t be afraid, they are vegetarian and good for the environment.

No need to panic when millipedes are infested, here are some tips to deal with them!

It is reported that in warmer days, millipedes in "livable" areas such as farmland and green belts begin to hibernate, sometimes crawling onto roads, residential walls, etc., causing panic among some citizens. Although there is no need to be afraid, if there are a large number of them, causing intensive fear, they will also cause some annoyance in the residential area. Neighbors can do the following:

1. Carry out environmental cleaning and clear away areas around the Malulu activity area Remove litter, weeds, broken bricks, piles of materials and other debris to reduce the hiding places of millipedes;

2. Clean up the individual millipedes that have crawled out, and soak them together in hot water to kill them. This is a relatively harmless method;

3. Spraying chemicals can be considered as appropriate, but the use of chemicals will have a certain impact on the environment.

In addition, if you are worried about bugs crawling into your home, you can sprinkle quicklime powder on the windowsill or doorway to keep the inside and outside of the house dry and tidy