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my compost is riddled with millipede larvae will this be harmful to plants?

I'm using home made potting soil to grow sacred basil: ocimum sanctum but I've noticed the soil is infested with millipede larvae, will they damage the plants?

Submitted: 03:32PM, 23 Jan 2019
Answer: Hi Haydn,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Millipedes are beneficial insects that are feed on the decaying organic matter. For your compost, they are accelerating the rate of decomposition. We don’t recommend controlling them in your compost because they are a part of the beneficial soil food web (a.k.a. the good guys).

However, if they are in your pots as well, they may feed on your soil so much as to cause your potting mix to break down too quickly or feed on some of the finer roots of your basil. Unfortunately, we don’t have a product in our current range that is registered to control millipedes in your edible garden beds. At night, we would recommend that you limit the amount of light that the pots receive to further lower the millipedes activity.

Joyful gardening!

Kind regards,

Yates Horticulturist

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