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May 31, 2020 5:07 AM CST
Beirut lebanon
Hello, help ps! There are too many of this insect in the soil of my plant! How can I kill them? I'm in Lebanon, beirut.
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May 31, 2020 5:24 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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That is a good insect. You do not want to kill them. They are meat eaters, they eat other insects. Many of those insects will damage your plants.
A centipede is what you have and they DO NOT EAT PLANTS!
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May 31, 2020 6:10 AM CST
Beirut lebanon
Thank you soo much for your answer!! But are they dangerous for human? Are they poisonnous? I have 2 kids and i'm afraid they sting us! The plant is on our balcony where I have many plants and flowers, and it's a place where we pass our time!
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May 31, 2020 6:43 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Yes they bite!
They have fangs and have a mild venom. Most humans would not really suffer at all. But some people might have a reaction more like a bee sting. There is no way to know just how allergic some person might be. But if you leave them alone, they won't bother you. They do not go chasing humans but if you touch one you might get bit. I would just leave them alone and stay away.
If you raise plants, the plants with attract insects, insects attract centipedes! It is just the way things are.
If you really do not want centipedes, then don't have plants. If you keep the area around the plants clean and tidy, clean up debris and get rid of insects that they feed on, you will have less centipedes.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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