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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?

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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.

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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

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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.
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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!
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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.
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Post  littlejo on 7/14/2015, 4:33 pm

NanSFG,

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

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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
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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.

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