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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:58 pm    Post subject: black centipedes Reply with quote

hi,i keep finding black centipedes in my raised beds inside my polytunnel as i`m weeding,they are in the earth,are they a problem to my plants?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have loads of these as well their body is more round than flat if you know what I mean.
As far as I know most of our centipedes are good to have around the place but I could be wrong ?
I'll have to get a pic up to be sure...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you mean millipedes?
any centipede i usually see is red.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are millipedes good for the garden ?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once read that anything that moves quickly is beneficial as it is a predator. Whereas something that moves slowly. such as a snail/slug will be less attractive to the gardener, as it will eat vegetation.
I have never really spent any time working out if that is actually true....but in very general terms it may well be !
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Centipede poses no noteworthy threat to plants or the gardener.
They just feed on insects, spiders, and most importantly the eggs and larvae of that troublesome pest, the vine weevil..
More here............ Centipede - Lithobius forficatus.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yhanks for the replies,it must be millipedes i have,so as they are pests i will let my chickens in the tunnel while i weed,they will soon get rid of them,
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor little millipedes. Crying or Very sad

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