Bite house centipedes

Millipede plague in Germany

Disgusting crawling invasion

Disgusting crawling millipede invasion

Yuck! Thousands of millipedes are currently searching homes in Melsbach in the Neuwied district. Even exterminators are powerless here because new crawlies keep coming.

According to an expert, the millipedes (or millipedes) that are up to mischief in Rhineland-Palatinate come from Southeast Asia. They are introduced through greenhouses. They must have escaped there and make life difficult for the residents of Melsbach.

Millipedes do not bite or sting.

The head of the Myriapoda (millipedes) section of the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum in Bonn, Thomas Wesener, said: "Millipedes don't bite or sting." In houses they perished after a few days due to drought and lack of food.

Looking at photos of the Melsbach millipede plague, the biologist added: "This is crazy. This is the greenhouse millipede" (Oxidus gracilis). Originally only native to Southeast Asia, this species lives alone outdoors in warmer countries.

Millipedes don't stand a chance in winter

The millipede invasion in Melsbach had nothing to do with climate change, because normally in Germany they did not survive a winter outside with even a single day of frost. The little animals in Melsbach might have hibernated in a nearby mulch site or another sheltered place and could have reproduced vigorously.