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Centipede in my Paph orchid ...eek!

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    ^^ I'd much rather transplant unwanted fauna to the outside where it belongs instead of killing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Hah! I am the one in my office area who gets to "take care of" the wee fauna that finds itself in our building. What's funny, is that I typically capture it to take it outside, and, when taking it outside, I get cries of disbelief that I'm not killing it!
    I get that too.

    Geez, my pet centipede is about the length of my hand .... perhaps I should post a pic of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    What will you bring in to take care of the centipede? It reminds me of the old song, "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..."
    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    Since I haven't seen him again I'm just going to live and let live. If he comes crawling on my desk I'm definitely getting someone in the office to take care of it!!
    oh well, atleast you know the consequences of falling asleep at your desk! I was bitten by a centipede back in the 90's when i was one of those small todlers that liked to pick up everything and anything.....damn it hurt! lucklily this one appeared to be devoid of the neurotoxin their venom contains......never been near one since....we have those big dark red/maroon coloured ones, they look quite evil! but i hate them, like i do with most spiders. Oh except the little jumpy ones, they are cool!

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    Totally love to hear that other people remove these guys back to the outdoors as I do. I really hate it when people just kill out of fear without thinking of an alternative. Pretty cool!

    Cheers,
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    My boyfriend has rules for spiders:
    1. Stay in the corner
    2. No dangling
    They get left alone as long as they don't break those rules. This is only if they're indoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    My boyfriend has rules for spiders:
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    2. No dangling
    They get left alone as long as they don't break those rules. This is only if they're indoors.
    As long as it isnt a False Katipo, a White Tailed spider, or anything else scary and black, it gets removed. Anything scary and black is history in seconds, and i will not touch them with a six foot barge pole! Jumpies are allowed special privilages though, they get put on my indoor orchids

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    As long as it isnt a False Katipo, a White Tailed spider, or anything else scary and black, it gets removed. Anything scary and black is history in seconds, and i will not touch them with a six foot barge pole! Jumpies are allowed special privilages though, they get put on my indoor orchids
    Why is it that the jumpers go on your indoor orchids? Are they really good pest control? I think those are the ones that creep me out the most if we're discussing spiders haha

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    Love spiders, when I was a child I used to catch them and keep them in jars. Then I caught millers and flies n such to feed em! My mom called an end to it when she saw the 3 black widows I had! lol I dont kill spiders or take them outside, I figure they will take care of other household pest, like flies; now those I hate! Beside its suppose to be bad luck to kill a spider in your house!

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    You're much braver than me Toni!

    I noticed this morning that the paph with the resident centipede is drooping quite a bit. It's been in bloom for maybe 2 months now, so maybe it's just at the end of it's cycle (and I think this is the first blooming for this plant). I hope it's not little buggers living off the roots or something! If it is, I sure hope the 'pede takes care of them!

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    Geez, my pet centipede is about the length of my hand .... perhaps I should post a pic of it
    Now you've piqued my interest, please do!

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