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My hydrangea is covered in wood lice , will they kill it?




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Wood lice feed at night on roots, stems, and leaves, and they live in damp shady areas, so I would suggest you move the hydrangea somewhere with more light, and less damp, you can get woodlice treatments from any garden centre. derekm

15 Aug, 2011

 

I don't wish to contradict Derekm here- but I was under the impression that woodlice played a sort of scavenger role by "mopping up" dead plant material and not eat live tissue??

15 Aug, 2011

 

They do indeed eat dead material, also live, if there are only a few I would leave them alone, but as unluckygardener says his plant is covered in them, I would take measures to get rid of them. derekm

15 Aug, 2011

 

Woodlice do eat very young seedlings but mainly eat rotting organic matter. They thrive in damp conditions. On balance they do more good than harm - much more. If they are a pest then some boiling water over them kills them.

15 Aug, 2011

 

But it doesn't do a lot for the hydrangea...

15 Aug, 2011

 

You won't ever see a Hydrangea covered in wood lice. As mentioned, they are ground insects that work and crawl at night. I would suspect that it is some other bug, such as aphids, mealybugs, or scale.

16 Aug, 2011

 

So can you post a photo?

16 Aug, 2011

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