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Posted: May/15/2009 10:03 AM PST
One of my potted plants (sorry dont know the name ) was dying all of a sudden (leaves started to just fall off) , so i checked the soil to see if there was enough water, and thats when i saw this brown thin insect (like a worm ) but with many legs on it , around 0.5cm in length. (not sure if its a millipede)
My guess was it was feeding on the roots of the plant. I checked the soil of my other plants as well (money plant, cycus , etc) and found the same insect there as well. Although these other plants look normal , at the same time they are not growing larger in size.
I need to know if this insect really is a menace ? if so how do i get rid of it ?
Any help will be appreciated !
Posted: May/15/2009 7:07 PM PST
YUCK!!!! I would freak out if I found those creepy things in my plants.
found this on the web.
How To Control Centipedes & Millipedes
Plant GuardianTM Houseplant Insecticidal Soap
Drench the soil or area where they are with insecticidal soap.
My homemade recipe that is also effective: 1 or 2 tablespoons of any dish soap to one quart of water. Spray directly on the bugs.
Clean up Garden Debris
Keep your garden free of debris since this is an excellent breeding environment for them. Anywhere that is constantly moist should be controlled.
This isn’t an easy task since they do most of their damage at night. dig lightly around the soil….you’ll see them if they are present.
*Here’s a true cute story about getting rid of millipedes:
One day when I was in the garden at 5 am… my elderly neighbour came running out of her house in her best curlers and house dress screaming! I thought maybe her husband was after her or some other major emergency. NO….it was an infestation of millipedes in her kitchen! Nothing bad there I told her. I went over to her house and swept them into the dust pan and dropped them in hot soapy water. I inspected around the foundation of her home outside and found that she had left all her weeds in a pile right beside her rain barrel. As soon as we cleaned up this mess, she never had another scare like that again LOL. She was truly thankful and baked me a lovely apple pie