Hello Friends! Today we will look into some natural or organic
remedies to control or get rid off Greenhouse Millipedes or Garden Millipedes in your potting
mix and elsewhere in your garden. We will also learn whether these are poisonous
and also some chemical pesticides that can kill these pests in your home and garden. Coming up! Before we start, please make sure you have
subscribed to our channel along with the bell notification. Well, The greenhouse millipede, also known
as the hothouse millipede, short-flange millipede, or the garden millipede, is a common creepy
pest in your garden that can cause severe damage to emergent vegetable seedlings and
young plants. How do I identify These Millipedes? There are few types of these millipedes with
hundreds of legs and can be white or brown or black in color. Unlike their cousin, the centipede, millipedes
are not carnivores, instead they eat dead and rotting vegetation and they hide in moist
places like your soil mulch layer, debris or inside the top layer of soil. They prefer darkness and moisture and hence
they are more common in rainy season. Are Millipedes Poisonous or Venomous? Do not be too scared, Millipedes, unlike centipedes,
are not venomous and are generally considered to be non-poisonous. However, there are some millipede species
that release some fluids that can cause irritation to human skin. Hence its always better to wear garden gloves
and employ safety precautions. How do I kill or get rid off these garden
pests? There are many solutions to control millipedes. We will list out these one by one in 5 steps:
5. Visible Millipedes can be smashed or can be
swept with a broom or a vacuum cleaner and can be disposed. But this is difficult because most of these
are not visible and are found hiding under the soil or mulch layer. 4. Sticky Traps and Light Traps are another option
that attract and trap these millipedes. But these are not available easily. 3. Chemical Pesticides: We will just name these
pesticides because, we will not use any chemicals in our garden, specially vegetable gardening. The chemical pesticides that work are propoxur,
cyfluthrin, pyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, deltamethrin, cypermethrin, bifenthrin, etc.
2. Chicken and Cats: Before we proceed to our
natural remedies, we will discuss on chicken. Chicken love to eat these type of insects
and pests. Keeping a few hens can do wonders to get rid
of these millipedes and even other pests in your garden. Cats, though they do not eat millipedes, they
may chase them, play with them and smash them to some extent. 1. Natural and Organic Pesticides. The mechanism of action of any pesticide whether
organic or inorganic chemical is Systemic effect which can be slow in action and Contact
poisons which kill the pests when they come in contact with it. 1. Diatomaceous Earth is first in the list: This
white powder is easily available at many garden stores and even online. Its completely harmless to people and pets. 2. Borax: Similar to Diatomacous Earth, Borax
is derived from boric acid and dries the millipedes out and kills them. It also acts as a stomach poison that will
kill millipedes if ingested. It’s completely safe to humans. Just sprinkle the boric acid over the areas
of infestation and do not water it for atleast 24 hours. You can watch a detailed episode on boric
acid or borax powder and its various benefits in your garden from a link at the end screen
of this video and also in description below. 3. Wood Ash: The action is similar to borax powder
which dries out the soil and the pests. I also have a detailed video on the benefits
of wood ash in gardening. Please check all related videos in description
below. So, there you have it folks! Please Like and Share this video if you found
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