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Author:  countylines [ Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:54 am ]
Post subject:  Pill Bug Infestation

Hi all,

I am new here so pardon me if this topic has been covered before!

Here in Fort Worth we have had rain almost every day for the past couple of weeks. This is great news since we have been enduring a drought for several years. However, my garden beds are now overrun with pill bugs. At first I thought they were cute but now that they are eating my strawberries and gnawing the stems of my cabbage I no longer quite so enamored. I put out some little cups of beer and that trapped hundreds of them but it hasn't stemmed the tide. I also reluctantly used some diatomaceous earth but that hasn't helped much, either.

My question is whether or not there is another way to alleviate this problem or will the problem get better on its own when it stops raining for awhile?

Thank you!

Steven Glover
Fort Worth, TX

Author:  northwesterner [ Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pill Bug Infestation

Sluggo is a product that is organic, and the Sluggo Plus with spinosad is what I have successfully used on the pill bugs (and snails) in the strawberries. Sprinkle the granules through the bed and it'll deal with them pretty quickly.

Author:  countylines [ Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pill Bug Infestation

Thank you, Northwesterner! I will be picking some of that up this week but, fortunately, it seems the problem has finally calmed down. It didn't happen in time to save most of my strawberries but such is life.

Steven Glover

Fort Worth, TX

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