The presence of millipedes in the garden is usually helpful. However, if their amount exceeds a certain norm, they can turn their appetites to shoots of cultivated plants and soft fruits and berries, such as strawberries, instead of eating rotting plants. Here we describe an easy way to capture and move millipede pests to less vulnerable parts of the garden. To get started, decide on what place your millipede pests live in.
Effective Fight Against Millipedes
A safe and effective fight against millipedes is possible only by mechanical methods. Choose a place for your “trap”. Ideally, it should be located near fruit and vegetable stands that you intend to protect from millipedes, such as strawberry beds.
Make a small wire cage that can be dug into the ground.
Put a few slices of potatoes and carrots inside. It should be buried at some distance from the protected beds.
Check the cage regularly. Quite often it will be necessary to free the trap from animals since so many individuals will fall into it, attracted by food.
Remove the trap when the shoots are large enough to cope with the pests themselves, or when the berries are already harvested.
Tip – Look at the Millipedes
We recommend that you look at the photo of millipedes. These insects are often confused with more dangerous pests, which should be destroyed by chemical means. Millipedes are beneficial insects if their population does not exceed the ecological level. We advise you not to kill millipedes, but take them to a remote part of the garden. They are an important part of the ecosystem, as they consume rotting plant materials and wood and process it into fertile soil.
Things you need:
- small wire cells (how much depends on the size of the protected area and the number of millipedes);
- slices of carrots and potatoes.