Centipedes in my soil

Discussion in 'Bugs' started by Lo Budget, Sep 4, 2013.

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    Lo Budget

    Lo Budget Active Member

    I've got some centipedes. Two plants, each in 5 gal buckets, centipedes in both. I believe these are carnivorous, not plant eaters, and they're small (for now). I'm not sure if I should try and kill them just yet, they may be eating something worse. On the other hand, I don't want to start a centipede farm or have them all over the house.
    I've only seen them in the soil so far, if they stay there, that's cool. I figure they will die when/if they run out of prey. But what if I'm wrong...?
    8 pages of search results here on RIU, but no definitive answers.
    Anyone had these before? What did you do?

    Thanks,
    Lo B

    Ps- sorry no pics - they're small, fast, and get back under the soil asap.
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    ~CReePeR~

    ~CReePeR~ Active Member

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    Lo Budget

    Lo Budget Active Member

    They are definitely of the centipede variety. I did some research before posting to be sure what I was dealing with. I'm afraid if I kill them immediately, whatever they are eating will start eating my plants. I'm hoping they will eventually run out of food and just die.
    Apparently they are rare in indoor grows compared with insect pests, based on the scant information I've found so far.
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    Lo Budget

    Lo Budget Active Member

    Quick followup. I hate it when threads just quit w/o any resolution, i.e., OP never reports results.

    Centipedes are predatory, they eat other insects, not plants. NB: Other arthropods that resemble centipedes WILL eat your plants, roots, etc. Use care in your identification.

    I'm going to leave mine alone unless a problem arises from their presence. If that happens I'll update this thread.

    Bonus: I haven't seen a single fungus gnat so far, 30 days in from germination. That's a first for me.

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