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Centipedes

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Tracey, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Tracey

    Tracey Interloper

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    We've had some decent rain finally, which is great, but now I'm finding quite a few centipedes in my shadehouse. Should I blow 'em away?
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    yes. I had an infestation a while back. They ate a bunch of my mounts.
     
  3. Tracey

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    Thanks Forrest. No sign of damage yet, I might have spotted 'em in time. Off to murder 'em now :)
     
  4. Wanda

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    Besides damaging your chids they have a pretty bad bite too.
     
  5. Karen

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    They'll also get into the pots & eat the mix.
     
  6. Yoyo_Jo

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    Okay, I thought centipedes are carniverous and don't eat plant matter. I also thought they aren't a bad thing to have in your orchid pots as they eat any of the little bad critters they find in there? (paste clueless emotie here).

    Joanne
     
  7. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    Tracey, the thing I noticed in my own collection is that by the time you see them there are a ton of them. I used sevin to get rid of them.
     
  8. Tracey

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    Damnit, I was feeling pretty good about being relatively pest-free at the moment too :bang:
     
  9. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Heh, Tracey, that's the time to be askeered!
     
  10. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    And when they chew through your mix, they leave a pasty mess that suffocates the roots.
     
  11. Tracey

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    Thanks all. Looks like apart from the spraying I have some repotting to do
     
  12. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    And some asquishing! :D
     
  13. Tracey

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    Karen, I did manage to get a few with my trusty, rusty gardening knife
     
  14. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Yeah! Killer, Dude! :D
     
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    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    There is one other post above that speaks the truth, if you don't like the one i'm making...

    Centipedes are carnivorous and will not do any of the bad things mentioned other than (potentially) biting you.

    Millipedes, on the other hand, *do* do most of those bad things mentioned (with the exception of biting).

    Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment whilst millipedes have two.

    The interwebs probably have more informaton, a few clicks away... :bang:
     
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    Buying shoes must be a real pain in the ass for 'em.
     
  17. Tracey

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    They might need their little galoshes again today :)
     
  18. Forrest

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    how is that going btw?
     
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    Dead bug pictures please
     
  20. Tracey

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    Either I was very lucky, or my eyesight is really shot, but I haven't found any signs of damage