Can you identify this bug? And how can I prevent them from coming back?

Asked October 1, 2017, 6:36 PM EDT

I found large clusters of these in my newly renovated basement apartment, after being gone for a month. They were on the windowsills, in the closets, on the floor under the dishwasher, and under the oven. No one lives in the apartment. It is being used as a painting studio. There is no food in there. The oven and the dishwasher have never been used. We found no living bugs, but some sticky webbing connecting the clusters. An uncurled one is about 18 mm long. Are these the larval shells of an insect that's matured into something else? How can I prevent them from coming back?


District of Columbia County District of Columbia millipedes insect

1 Response

The insect looks like a millipede and they are dried up. Millipedes have 2 legs per body segment. Millipedes like dampness. They do not cause damage. Dry the area up and check around doors for gaps. Here is our website for more information
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/millipedes
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