Pests and Diseases forum: Millipedes/centipedes?

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Name: Chelsea
Jan 20, 2015 10:08 AM CST
I have a Meyer lemon tree. I've potted it in an organic soil meant for tropical plants. Yesterday I seen a centipede or millipede in there!!!!! How do I get rid of these, and why are they in my soil??
Name: Sue
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Jan 21, 2015 7:24 AM CST
Millipedes like dark, damp places where there is organic matter. Centipedes also like dark, damp places but they feed on insects. Can you get a photograph of one, or check out images of each on Google to make an identification? Or did you notice if it was moving slowly (millipede) or fast (centipede)? If you only had one of them, and it came in the organic soil, maybe it was an isolated incidence. Did the bag of mix have a hole in it?

This article from Colorado State University Extension's entomologist might be helpful:

Name: Keith
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Apr 1, 2015 10:55 PM CST
Millipedes are harmless and eat organic, decaying, plant matter. I find them in my garden they are beneficial. Centipedes eat insects that means some bad ones, so also not a problem for plants.

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