Pest description and crop damage Active, white, fragile, centipede-like soilborne relatives of insects, 0.25 inch long, with 12 or more pairs of legs. They damage table beet primarily early in the season by feeding on germinating seed or on small roots of seedling plants. Symphylans are in unpredictably spotty infestations and generally are considered minor pests.
No formal economic thresholds exist for insecticide treatment decisions. No effective "rescue" treatments for symphylans can be applied postemergence in table beet seed fields.