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millipede invasion
July 7, 2013
10:32 am
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liberalhippiequeen
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hissy-fitHelp !  We moved to our forested acreage back in March.  Have cleaned out almost all flower beds around the house now.  They had not been cleaned out for three years !  Since April we have suffered through a TERRIBLE millipede invasion !  I HATE poisons, but have broken down and used Sevin dust and granules.  ANY suggestions ??  Thanks !hissy-fit

July 7, 2013
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Is the problem that you removed their preferred habitat and now they are searching for next best?  At this point, not certain that it makes any difference, but perhaps a lesson for next time.  Or for others.  Or something.

Are you trying to eradicate them inside or outside? 

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July 7, 2013
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Inside and out. Of course, inside not as much.  The lesson is clean out your flower beds.  They loved and thrived in the composted wet vegetation allowed to build up !  Woe is me ! 

July 7, 2013
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Inside I'd put diatomaceous earth (DE) all along the edges of the basement, and doors, and anywhere else they are coming in.  It won't harm pets or kids, especially if you get the 'food grade' kind, which lots of people use for horse stalls and bird dusting and such.  They sell it for pools too, which if you don't have pets, is probably ok, I don't know exactly what the difference is, but they process it with chemicals, so I'd avoid it if I could.

I get food grade from my local feed mill / co-opand it's not very expensive.

Using it outside is a possibility too, but it kills insects by getting into their carapace and causing damage and dehydration to them, not poison.  It will kill all insects the same way, but it is spread out quickly by rain and wind and looses it's worth quickly because of it...  a good thing, and a bad one really.  Hate to kill beneficial insects too but it sounds like you're overwhelmed. 

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July 7, 2013
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We had that problem a couple of years ago.  Something to do with migrating.  Lots of people here had this problem.  It was in the paper...  It is very gross. Our basement was filled with them.  Now we just get a few here and there.  Good luck with them...

July 7, 2013
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thanks everyone will be getting the DE this week.

July 7, 2013
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Just to add to what BG said - keep in mind that you will also kill other good bugs, and even run off or kill earthworms.  We use it as well in the chicken house, but I try to limit how I use it outside in the gardens.

And I find that I must at least wear a bandana over my mouth and nose when spreading it because it upsets my lungs.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

July 7, 2013
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They say the DE will repel slugs as well...haven't needed to try it yet this year, but good to know.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

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