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Thai Stick

Sowbug?

Ladies & Gentlemen....

Gave my latest super duper soil a mix and have noticed a healthy handful of these buggers running around.
Various sizes, biggest probably 3mm

 

Are they Sowbugs?
Are they harmful to the plant or roots?

Can they be got rid of?

or

 

Are they now part of my ecosystem? lol

 

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woodlouse, i dont think they bother healthy plants.

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Yeah woodlouse buddy.

They’re probably feeding off any broken down organic matter in your compost. Usually beneficial in gardens etc, and don’t cause any damage to healthy plants.

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I've probably had them for a long time, just never noticed.

 

Part of my ecosystem it is then! :P

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Careful, woodlice while generally harmless decomposes can also feed on healthy plants especially young ones and in some cases can even decimate them.

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As @blackpoolbouncer said generally speaking woodlice are friendlies but they can do some damage if they feel inclined.

They are an absolute nightmare around fragaria ssp. And other low growing soft fruits.

 

:yinyang:

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Do they tend to stay in the soil and munch on the roots if they are hungry or can they travel up the plant and munch on leaves and buds?

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if a plant is stressed they will crawl and eat all over it

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Best solution is an army of scorpions mate. Fact. 

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As other have said, go careful with woodlice, I've had them munch some lovely orchids in my vivariums. 

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Im thinking i might fill up some bottles with near boiling water and bury them in the soil.

Failing that i will go hunting in the garden for some scorpions. lol

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or the hoover if you cant find any scorpions:yep:

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14 hours ago, Thai Stick said:


Failing that i will go hunting in the garden for some scorpions. lol

 

Excellent idea. While you do that, you can put a few sheets of damp newspaper with potato peel on the bed overnight, then shake them out in the morning.

 

As well as scorpions, I'd recommend woodlouse spiders and centipedes. I've a load in my bed. They won't get rid but it does help. I'm pretty sure my centipedes feed on young woodlice.

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