Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Lower South May 2017
by walshevak Today at 9:11 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 8:35 am

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by sanderson Today at 2:55 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 2:46 am

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson Today at 1:46 am

» Tips for compost tumbler
by sanderson Today at 1:42 am

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by Fiz Yesterday at 10:10 pm

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 10:09 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:18 pm

» Amaranth
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:09 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:06 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:44 pm

» New England May 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:55 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:46 am

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:29 am

» Strawberry protection
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:27 am

» Planting for the trellis
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:57 am

» Spring BBQ day
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 am

» Dandelions - I cut this out of a magazine when I was a teen-
by Scorpio Rising 5/23/2017, 8:02 pm

» Watering System -- Finally!
by countrynaturals 5/23/2017, 3:49 pm

» Slugs and stuff
by CapeCoddess 5/23/2017, 9:56 am

» surprising results from soil test
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:29 am

» New in Tennessee
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:23 am

» Netting as Barrier
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:20 am

» Bumble bees In Trouble
by sanderson 5/23/2017, 3:08 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Cajun Cappy 5/22/2017, 10:27 pm

» What region am I in now?
by CapeCoddess 5/22/2017, 3:54 pm

» Get Moving!
by trolleydriver 5/22/2017, 12:14 pm

» Friday Rookie Topic: Edible Flowers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 5/22/2017, 11:39 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Millipeds

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Millipeds

Post  NanSFG on 7/11/2015, 1:37 am

When I went out to my SFG this morning I found 6 bright red millipeds (each over 2") in my garden.  Before my SFG I would find the 1" black millipeds outside and sometimes in the house.  Red millipeds that long are something new to me.  Are they beneficial to my garden?  Or should I be removing them?

Here's a picture of two of them.



Thanks,
avatar
NanSFG

Female Posts : 68
Join date : 2015-03-19
Location : Hawaii

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  sanderson on 7/11/2015, 2:42 am

From Orkin Pest Control: In their natural habitat, most millipedes are scavengers. They eat damp or decaying wood particles. They also eat decaying leaves and other plant material. If their habitat starts to dry out, millipedes will attack living plants. They can get moisture from the green leaves and soft roots.

As millipedes grow, they shed their skin several times. After each molt, they eat the cast-off skins. Some scientists think this helps them replace lost calcium. Sometimes millipedes also feed on small insects, earthworms, and snails.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13754
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  camprn on 7/11/2015, 9:07 am

Rusty millipede

http://bugguide.net/node/view/230605

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millipede

http://www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-state.asp?thisState=Hawaii

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14139
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  littlejo on 7/12/2015, 3:03 pm

I have had my share of millipedes, and they are a gardening nightmare. If you only have a couple, kill them and go on, but you prob. have many more. Put fruit, skin or seeds, on the dirt and leave til am, and they will come!
The little ones would get inside of my strawberries and live, you wouldn't know it until you bit into it. ugg.
I tried most of the normal organic pesticides, which didn't work. I finally used Sluggo Plus. It works good on the snails/slugs, sow/pill bugs, and it works on the millipedes, but you have to put it on about every month for the millipedes, for they will return if the pesticide is gone.
Good Luck!
Jo
avatar
littlejo

Female Posts : 1532
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  Marc Iverson on 7/12/2015, 6:27 pm

Thanks for the interesting info, folks. I'm used to the tiny black ones, which somehow seem cute to me. I didn't know they could be significant pests ... much less curl up inside fruits and live there -- ugh!
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 55
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  NanSFG on 7/14/2015, 3:26 pm

@littlejo wrote:I have had my share of millipedes, and they are a gardening nightmare.
Removed 22 of them last night. That is probably more than the red/blue wigglers in the SFG.  Shall continue to watch for them.
avatar
NanSFG

Female Posts : 68
Join date : 2015-03-19
Location : Hawaii

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  littlejo on 7/14/2015, 4:33 pm

NanSFG,

Finding the adults is great, but, the babies are hard to see! Good luck!

Jo
avatar
littlejo

Female Posts : 1532
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  NanSFG on 7/19/2015, 2:24 pm

Littlejo, you are so correct that the little millipedes are difficult to see.  Have not found one yet.  But did find two cutworms.

My first SFG has taught me a lot about garden pests already.  On the bright side, I have harvested lettuce, carrots, daikon, spinach, and of course tomatoes. Very Happy
avatar
NanSFG

Female Posts : 68
Join date : 2015-03-19
Location : Hawaii

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  sanderson on 7/20/2015, 2:52 am

@NanSFG wrote:My first SFG has taught me a lot about garden pests already.  On the bright side, I have harvested lettuce, carrots, daikon, spinach, and of course tomatoes. Very Happy
The first year can be the biggest learning curve in gardening. I learned so much, and give credit to the folks on this Forum for most of it.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13754
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Millipeds

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum