WARNING - Portuguese Millipede!
The advent of early autumn rains will energise this pest in metropolitan suburbs where it has previously been evident. During the summer months, large numbers of the pest have been prevalent in the northern beach-side suburbs.
The Department of Agriculture recommend the use of Baygon household insecticide to control their invasion.
Bunnings market a product Coopex powder, in sachets, which is recommended to be mixed with water and sprayed onto affected areas – doorways, windows, ledges. In past years I have found a better procedure is dusting it on. Obviously you use more but it has the benefit of attracting and eliminating more millipedes. Another use for Coopex is providing a “move on” notice for nesting ants.
Contribution: Barry Schoch