The Q&A Archives: Centipedes

Question: How do I get rid of centipedes in an organic garden? Or are they good for anything - I have hundreds of them!

Answer: Centipedes are black or reddish-brown, flattened, elongated arthropods with one pair of legs attached on each of their body segments. The first pair of legs is modified into poisonous jaws located below the mouth. They are used to kill insects. Centipedes feed on live insects. They do not damage plants. Because they are considered beneficial, and they're not harming your plants, why not just leave them alone? Your plants will have fewer insect pests with centipedes in the soil!

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