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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lynn Keller

What's Bugging You?

Let’s talk downhome and dirty on this Southern-Fried Friday—dirty as in dirt, aka soil. Why? Because yesterday I discovered a family of black and yellow millipedes living in my raised flowerbed. Evidently I created the perfect environment for them by adding soil amendments last fall. Considered a beneficial garden creature, they eat decayed matter and help improve your soil. Although docile, their defense mechanism when highly irritated is spraying an equally irritating fluid on you. The main component is hydrochloric acid, and their spray range is 32 inches. Needless to say, I tidied up my flowerbed and left them alone.

What’s your least favorite bug?

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