Millipedes are one of nature’s ingenious tools to recycle decaying matter. They love to feed on rotting wood, leaves, and other decaying plant matter. They sit comfortably alongside mold and other bugs as they way nature cleans up its messes. From a biological standpoint, they’re the unspoken heroes of nature.
From a gardening standpoint though, they are simply another menace to worry about. Unfortunately, millipedes also have a taste for seedlings, strawberries and other fruits in contact with the ground. In short, they attack everything that you hold dear in the backyard. Hence, although they may serve a purpose in nature, they are to be left there. Your garden is your own portion of nature and you control what happens there.
Getting Rid of the Pests
Pesticides are the number one response to the millipede menace. There are a number of brands out there that can get the job done. Do your research to find ones that are (1) easily available to you, and (2) meet your expectations.
With every pesticide you use, pay close attention to the warnings and directions. Some are excellent for killing bugs but could be dangerous to the other plants, soil, or people nearby. Just because it has a 100% guarantee of insect repellent doesn’t mean it is the best method or removal.
Another way to keep them from finding your home is to clear the yard of the stuff they love most, i.e. the dead leaves, rotting wood, and anything else natural that’s decaying. One or two might venture into the yard, but they won’t find their time worth it and move on.
Pay special attention to the “outer rim” of defenses when removing the decaying items. The outer rim includes the gutters surrounding your home. Also seal up cracks in your walls surrounding the house and dry out the soil on the outer edges of your yard. Millipedes love moist soil and if they don’t find it at the edge, they are less likely to venture any farther in search of better soil.
Start working on applying each idea to your yard. The more protection you bring, the better off your garden is to keep away from nature’s many-legged menaces.
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