Found the millipede among strawberry plants. How do I get rid of them? is there reason to be concerned they seem to be in the soil.
Linn County Oregon
Hi and thanks for contacting Ask an Expert.
Millipedes are a pest in large numbers and they love strawberries. Last spring we had hundreds in a large raised bed of strawberries. We could not get to them fast enough to save a lot of the strawberries. They multiply quickly.
We used neem oil, sprayed the adults as well as many, many babies. Neem oil did the job and it can be used on strawberries. It is an organic oil made from the Neem plant. You can go online and purchase a quart of pure neem oil. The ones in the local stores are mixed with other chemicals and are not considered organic. The other chemicals could be toxic to humans.
The quart will last a long time. You use about a tablespoon in a gallon of water to spray the area. If you have a raised bed, look for them at the edges of the bed between the soil and the side of the raised bed. They are usually out at night and early morning, hiding in from the sunlight during the day.
If you feel you have a few, remove them, bag and throw away. Use gloves. Here is a link to some information on millipedes: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7472.html
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