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    worms eating my garlic ?

    I was out looking at the garlic today and saw some bare spots, I dug down to see where the plant were and found a bunch of roots. Great looking roots but with nothing attached to them anymore. The whole plant is gone, I mean gone, nothing, not a trace of it ever being there. I looked for tunnels...nope. I looked for mush where the clove may have rotted, nope. I found hundreds of these little whitish red worms all over under the straw, in the ground and inside the clove skin on a few of the plants that were still there in that row.

    The row 2' away is just fine though and not all of that 2 x 80' row is wiped out. I saw this last year over there also. I should have known not to plant again on that property. Hopefully if the worms or whatever it is that's destroying my plants stops it'll only cost me around $500 in losses. That just kinda f***ed my Chesnok this year.

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    My first thought would be bulb and stem nematodes.
    How big are they and can you get a pic of them please?
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    I had the same problem last year remember?

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    I got a call this morning from a man who I took out there to see the destruction, it seems they are millipedes. I do not have a good enough digi cam to take a picture of these so I found one online http://bugguide.net/node/view/49405

    http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7472.html

    I was told there are sprays to control the infestation and traps or baits to attract them away from what you don't want destroyed. This section isn't going to be 100 % organic anymore cause I'm going to nuke them. I will start my attack by removing the straw cover then locate the appropriate pesticide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloosquall View Post
    it seems they are millipedes.
    You didn't say they had legs or I woulda posted this earlier

    Earwigs & Millipedes
    6 tablespoon Eucalyptus Oil
    6 tablespoon Dawn dishsoap
    1 quart water
    Mix all ingredients together and spray around on the ground at night

    In Loving Memory of James Jonathan Holland
    March 7, 1926----March 23, 2006


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    It looked like rain so I decided to pull my few Chilled Red Toch garlic. I found a couple very small red worm looking things and remembered reading this post earlier. I took a few pictures. It was difficult as they are only about 1/8" long and maby 1/32" wide. They don't seem to be the same thing in the photo above. Anyone know what these are?


    Here is a picture taken from the side.
    It looks like it has legs.
    The head is to the left.

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    Same thing, see the legs under em in the lower pic. You've seen them before as an adult I bet, they had what looks like a hard brown shell, little dawn and their toast.

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    And excuse my rudeness MichaelC, I just noticed your in the sunshine state also. You may want to remove some of the straw/mulch, thats what attracts them things. We don't really need it down here it never gets that cold.

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    Tommy,
    No rudeness there that I see. Thanks for responding, I need all the help I can get. Does the dawn hurt the plants if it get on them? Can I mix this up and put it in a pump up sprayer and just spray between and around the garlic (and other) plants? How often should spraying take place?

    Now if I can just find Eucalyptus Oil
    Thanks for the help,
    Michael

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    I went out and found more of the critters, I tried to take a picture of one but didn't do a very good job...I couldn't see it in the screen. This patch is not organic anymore. My guy suggested Sevin as an insecticide to kill the little buggers. I really have a problem using harsh chemicals on garlic ground. I don't want to kill anything in the soil...but this is an exception. I read about the soap and Euc oil but used what was close handy and paid for.

    you can sort of see the thing just above 3:00 in the picture, it's curled up. I have never heard of millipedes being a pest to garlic. I have not found anything else on or in the ground.
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    The dawn won't hurt anything but the bug's, all of them. This soap causes the ecto shell to crack and the bugs literally bleed to death.

    Here ya go Michael>>
    http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2507830
    And a store locator for Florida>> http://www.gnc.com/corp/index.jsp?pa...ator=&state=FL

    bloosquall, what their after is the decaying straw, the garlic having an outer cover that is quite similar to that is more N likely why they got into it. J/K here, but you can probably pick the ones out who ate it, they'll be alone with their garlic breath, lol

    In Loving Memory of James Jonathan Holland
    March 7, 1926----March 23, 2006


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    Hi Tommy, thanks for that info, I know that soapy water kills wasps. I'll do an all out search for that one fat critter with the garlic breath. I still have a sense of humor even though I'm getting bent over with this situation. It's my turn in the barrel

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    Thanks Tommy

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