What Kind Of Worm Is Eatting My Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Mill City, PA
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Question by wwwgardenti
September 2, 2000
Ther is a brown, hard shelled worm eatting my tomatoes It has alot of legs like a centipede but the legs aren't that long it makes a whole into the tomatoe and the just lives in there and east to it's hearts content They are ugly and they are recking my tomatoes as soon as the fruit starts to get ripe they move in What are they and what can I do
to get rid of them?

Answer from NGA
September 2, 2000
It sounds like you are seeing millipedes. They have had a population boom this damp summer. Millipedes like rich, moist, dark hiding places. If you can reduce their hiding places (for instance, they like to hide under garden debris and mulch, in lawn thatch and under boards and weeds), it may help cut down on their numbers. You might also consider picking the tomatoes a day or two early and letting them ripen at room temperature away from direct sun. The flavor is nearly as good as vine ripenend and those last minute pests miss out.

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