The population of spiders was strongly affected by trash burning followed by sow bugs
, ants and lady bird beetles.
Since amphipods, springtails, and sow bugs
all require moisture, the best way to prevent an infestation is to eliminate unnecessarily damp areas.
* Sow bugs
and pill bugs eat little hollows in the sides of the fruit.
These trunks provide shelter and nesting sites to staghorn beetles, sow bugs
, shrews, snakes, salamanders and a host of other small creatures.
Beetle species number over a hundred different kinds, nematodes, fungi, bacteria (over 4 billion inhabit a spoonful of soil), sow bugs
, millipedes, centipedes, earwigs and more kinds of true bugs than you care to imagine populate your yard.
I started to introduce earwigs, sow bugs
, and chickweed into their diet.
(The worst that can be said of some mulches--especially coarse-textured ones--is that they also encourage sow bugs
and snails that like to hide in them.) To conserve water, mulch in late spring, once soil is warm.