NEWLY MOLTED RUSTY MILLIPEDE

Annoying Creeping “Worms” Inside Homes and Everywhere Are Most Likely Millipedes

This year, I’ve had more calls about roaming “worms”  before rainy season than ever before (usually they move inside a few weeks after rainy season stops).
 “What are all these crunchy worms on our lanai and side walls and in the living room? I don’t like them!” It is like clockwork, yet the three millipede experts I contacted do not understand what triggers the mass movement of so many multi-footed arthropods. Its a biological oddity in that the millipedes are on a suicide mission- they can’t survive in low humidity environments.
Millipedes (nicknamed “millies”) are not insects or worms. They are in a distinct taxonomic group, distinguished by the unique characteristic of having four legs, not two like centipedes, per body segment. Now that is acoordination miracle!

                        

See 2 articles on millipedes:
http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/06/Millipede-invasion-NDN-Nov.-14-2014-Doug-Caldwell.pdf
http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/05/Millipedes-R.-Shelley-292-Occasional-Invaders-2016-1-6pp-BLOG-r.pdf