Millipede Invasion

Portuguese millipede (Ommatoiulus moreleti) 

 Portuguese millipede (Ommatoiulus moreleti)

Since the autumn break the Portuguese millipedes have been invading our house each night.

It didn't take long to realise they were heading to light and higher ground and so I decided to use this characteristic to trap them in their thousands.

The use of drop traps and garden lights has produced a bucketful of the pests in two nights, so I decided to publish the system on our web site to help others seeking an environmentally friendly way to reduce their numbers.

The following images show how you can set up traps and prevent the breeding of a new generation from the trapped numbers.

For more information on the pests visit the CSIRO web site at

http://www.csiro.au/resources/ps2mu.html

Seething Mass 

 Seething Mass

Good trapping

David Thompson

Step 1   Select a straight-sided and smooth surfaced container 
 Step 1  Select a straight-sided and smooth surfaced container
 
 Step 2   Dig a hole to accommodate the container
 Step 2  Dig a hole to accommodate the container
 
 Step 2   Dig a hole to accommodate the container
 Step 3  Place the container in the hole
 
 Step 4   Mould earth around the lip
 Step 4   Mould earth around the lip
 
 Step 5   Round the soil into hollow
 Step 5  Round the soil into hollow
 
 Step 6   Smooth around the drop trap
 Step 6  Smooth around the drop trap
 
 Step 7   Site ready
 Step 7  Site ready
 
 Step 8   Carefully remove container and wash clean
 Step 8  Carefully remove container and wash clean
 
 Step 9   Replace container in hole
 Step 9  Replace container in hole
 
 Step 10   Garden Light
 Step 10  Garden Light
 
 Step 11   Place light as close to drop trap as possible
 Step 11  Place light as close to drop trap as possible
 
 Step 12   Early evening
 Step 12  Early Evening
 
 Step 13   Circling the light
 Step 13  Circling the light
 
 Step 14   Filling the trap
 Step 14  Filling the trap
 
 Step 11   Place light as close to drop trap as possible
 Step 15  Nights trapping
 
 Step 13   Collection from 14 traps in 10 litre container
 Step 16  Collection from 12 traps in 10 litre container
 
 Step 14   Total of 2 night's trapping
 Step 17  Total of 2 nights trapping
 
 Step 15   Drowning millipedes
 Step 18  Drowning millipedes

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