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nmschoolhouse
Mar 27, 2017 6:40 AM CST
These bugs have found my semps and eat through the root which has been devastating to large colonies. Last year, I used diatomaceous earth to no avail. I am about to try Sluggo. Has anyone had luck with this product or another solution?
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Mar 27, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Probably change the environment, they feed on decomposing vegetation and thrive in a moist setting
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Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Mar 27, 2017 11:19 AM CST
I've used Sluggo for forever and never seen a snail, altho I have had to pick some slugs off the bottoms of pots, which just rewards the little devils with more Sluggo UNDER the pot. I've had very few of those pill bugs - I call them roley upey bugs, but now that you mention it they disappeared after I applied Sluggo to that area. I started using it because Annie @ Annie's Annuals recommended it and it works.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Mar 27, 2017 11:22 AM CST
I have a lot of pill bugs in my greenhouse. I've cautiously used diatomaceous earth, epsom salts, and safer soap, but it's not cutting their numbers down. Any ideas what I could use that won't hurt the earthworms that are also in my beds?
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Mar 27, 2017 11:44 AM CST
This doesn't really answer your question but thought I would post anyway.

It's my understanding that food grade diatomaceous earth does not harm earthworms, only hard bodied insects. Here's one farmer's account: http://www.wormfarmingrevealed...

I've also read that sow bugs and pill bugs are two different bugs. I don't know all the particulars of this but here's one link if you are interested: http://www.gardensalive.com/pr...

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Southern NM (Zone 7a)
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nmschoolhouse
Mar 27, 2017 2:24 PM CST
Thank you for all the suggestions. Karen, I see we hail from the same region. Maybe we are just plagued with these critters. I believe Sluggo is for organic gardeners. The label says it contains, iron, phosphate and spinosad. That is a naturally occurring bacteria found in soil. Guess I will give it a try. Good luck as well. nmschoolhouse
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 28, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Pill bugs. Sow bugs. Earwigs. Cut worms. Yes ! They eat decaying matter, butt ! They just love little sprouts. Esp. Veges. After i plant my seeds. I sprinkle a little ortho bug-be-gon granualls, just around where i planted seeds. Just takes ownce.
Says its safe for garden. If there is a more organic way of getting rid of the above, someone ! Please let me know.
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nmschoolhouse
Mar 30, 2017 9:53 PM CST
Thanks Philip for sharing what your success has been so far
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Mar 30, 2017 10:02 PM CST
Thanks for that info, Christine. I love your profile pic, NMSchoolhouse. Beautiful colors and plants!
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Southern NM (Zone 7a)
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nmschoolhouse
Apr 1, 2017 6:22 AM CST
Wish that orange house was mine. I was just bold enough to pose in front! Let me know if you have success with your greenhouse bug issue, Karen. I am thinking pill bugs are loving being under damp places like my rock border. Chances are your greenhouse pots create the same kind of environment to hide under (and breed!!)

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