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Pest control Centipedes?

Discussion in 'Organics' started by Uncle Reefer, Feb 14, 2018.

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    Uncle Reefer

    Uncle Reefer Well-Known Member

    Does anyone or has anyone used centipedes as a biological control for fruit fly larva, fungus gnats, spring bellies or anything else?
    I have a bunch of centipedes that I can add to my indoor compost bins if I want. If I do that they will eventually be introduced to my whole system. THey came unwanted with a batch of worms. Has anyone else used them as a biological control? Did they help with balance or did they just go after your worms?
    FYI in my system, I have worms, spring bellies, a white dirt mite of some description, and some unwanted fruit flies. 90+%. of these critters live in the compost except the spring bellies that will bloom if I have an imbalance in the room. Are the centipedes a good add?

    Edit: to be more clear IMHO the mites the spring bellies and worms are beneficial to the garden, the fruit flies are ok but are annoying and undesired
    I am wondering about Centipeds.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
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    ShLUbY

    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    from what i know, centipedes do eat worms, but they are carnivores in general. not sure how effective they would be at catching and eating mature fruit flies, but would likely eat the larvae. the spring tails are good bugs, and soil mites are likely good as well, though there are some that can be pests.
     

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