They're not bugs. They're not even insects. They are the beloved roly poly from our childhood.
And they've infested my garden soil.
I want them gone.
First some quick facts:
1. They are isopods and are related to shrimp and have gills! They need a wet environment.
2. They feed only on decaying matter unless they run out of food. Large populations of them can damage crops.
3. If they have a proper food source, they can actually be beneficial to your garden.
Yeah, yeah. I get that they can be wonderful and all. But I have a problem now.
I'd heard about putting beer into a can that buried in the soil and inviting the little buggers to the party. But I wasn't in the mood for sharing my beer.
Instead, I sprinkled horticultural grade diatomaceous earth liberally in my garden. The diatomaceous earth will dry them out, especially if they eat it. Within a few days the numbers in the soil had reduced dramatically.
YAY! My radishes no longer are getting gnawed on. Happy day in the garden again. :)