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Aug 22, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Hi I posted this in the Pests forum but haven't had much success. Hoping someone here can help answer.
What are these small worms(?) or bugs in my indoor palm tree soil. There are so many and more seem to pop up whenever I water the palm tree. Are they harmful? What are they? How do I get rid of them? (I pluck them out but more always seem to pop up after a few days)...thanks.
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Name: Sue
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Aug 22, 2017 9:33 AM CST
I'll give the same answer I gave in the other forum, either centipedes or millipedes. If you can get a clearer, closer picture (put one on a sheet of white paper) it would help, or count the number of pairs of legs on a body segment. Centipedes would not be damaging the plant. Millipedes may sometimes, but more likely indicate damp organic matter in the potting mix. I was thinking more likely centipedes but would need to see them closer.
Name: Will Creed
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Aug 22, 2017 1:52 PM CST
Poor quality (non-sterile) soil is the source of these critters. I have had success submerging the entire pot in a tub of water for several hours. This causes them to move to the surface in search of oxygen. You can then remove them by hand.
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Name: greene
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Aug 22, 2017 4:26 PM CST
In future, you can do an edit suggestion and ask to have your post moved to a different forum if you are not satisfied with the answers you received in the first place you posted. Duplicating a post does not always get better answers.

I looked at both of your threads but will only post my response here.
Since you bought this plant only a month ago, take the darn thing back and ask for a refund or replacement.

Also, the plant looks seriously overwatered.

Hope this helps.
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