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    I am not sure which these are or if they are something like them. I have a mounted octopus orchid. It is on a really nice mount and has rooted to it quite well. I have yet to flower it, but it has several new growths and looks like it is developing sheaths. I was giving it a good soak overnight last night. I picked it up to return it to its place and saw 6 or 7 of these little s*&ts on it. I took it outside and flicked them off. NOW WHAT DO I DO??? Do I need to take it off of the mount? Is there something I can drench it with that will penetrate into the mount? It is on a really nice cork mount with lots of crags. Help me do right by this, please!

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    I'm just saying this cause I've been bitten 5 times, centipedes don't sit around for you to carry them any where. Maybe you should post some pics so someone can help you id them and handle the problem better. I know millipedes aren't as aggressive but the ones down here secrete cyanide which makes them a problem especially with kids and pets.

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    Oh yuck...i'll be watching for an answer. Thank goodness I haven't had these....yet. And may I say ICK! I'm forever going around mumbling like a mental woman about "dang bugs"! lol

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    As usual, I flicked the bugs before taking the pics. I will see if I can find any more on it or if I can find one of the bugs I flicked off.

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    This might be helpful: Millipede and Centipede Management Guidelines--UC IPM

    The ones we get don't bite, and haven't been traveling in packs; just one or two here occasionally. If I find any when repotting, I just put them outdoors. Yours are not likely to be IN the mount, as much as on the media which is on the mount (they like damp, decaying plant matter)...so I don't think you have to worry too much about stuff that will penetrate the mount. Good luck with them.

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    Centipedes are predatory by nature. They eat other bugs so they should be viewed as benefitial insects, like ladybugs, lacewings & Praying Mantis. Millipedes eat plant matter and they are the enemy. Figure out which one you have first, and go from there. I don't have any advice on how to kill millipedes though, sorry!!

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    I agree in part with Kevin. Centipedes are carnivorous and should be considered an ally in the greenhouse. The centipedes we have in the midwest are pretty small to be a health threat. The much larger tropical centipedes are another matter.

    However, I disagree somewhat about millipedes. Millipedes are more of a scavenger and eat dead plant material. There may be some rogue millipedes out there that make a habit of eating live plant material, but I would consider that unusual. I don't consider millipedes generally to be a significant threat to orchids. If you find a lot of them in your media, it may be time to repot.

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    Well now you all have made me curious, I know that these multi legged bugs come in different varities but does anyone have actual pics of the ones in their area? I haven't seen any 40 Legs (centipedes) around here lately but we have been getting the volume of rain that normally brings them out, so it's just a matter of time.

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    Kathi, thank you so very much for the link. I do believe that I have millipedes. Looks like they are no big deal unless there are a lot of them. I flicked off the ones that were on the plant.

    I can't just repot as it is a mount and the plant is very attached to it. I may try and replace the sphag that is on it though. I am glad they are somewhat beneficial but they are still icky.

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    Hi there I have had a bit of experience with millipedes and centipedes . At first I thought everything that would kill them would hurt your plant but the I remembered Sevin . It shouldn't hurt the orchid and it should definitely kill the pedes . I have used it with a phal I have that got ants somehow and it seems fine but maybe someone else can speak to the do's and don'ts of Sevin use in orchids .

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