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Frogs and spiders

This is a discussion on Frogs and spiders within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've noticed recently a large number of little frogs and spiders in my outdoor growing ...

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    Default Frogs and spiders

    I've noticed recently a large number of little frogs and spiders in my outdoor growing areas (two "portable" arbors with shade cloth).

    The frogs I can understand as there is some daily watering going on and the moisture in this hot, Houston summer is probably very welcome. But the spiders are interesting.

    Neither are hurting the plants and I am assuming they are actually both good for pest control.

    Thoughts?

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    As long as they are spiders and not spider mites, I would let them be unless they start causing problems.

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    I agree with the above. Wispy webs are bad and may mean you have spidermites, not spiders. I chase spiders away because when they make a nest at the top of a new growth, that growth rarely blooms for me...especially if we are talking cattleya.

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    Definitely spiders. No webs on the plants, just on my arbor.

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    I wouldn't worry about the critters unless they start coming inside!

    Got to figure that in nature, orchids are constantly exposed to bugs and other animals that live near, around, or on them. Unless they're chomping away at your plants I would just let them be.

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    There are spiders and recently i saw a tree frog sitting on top of my phal leaf, tried catching it but it jumped and disappeared amongst the plants.
    I think spiders are good in keeping pests like gnats and other flying insects away. And frogs i think they like eating snails. I just let them be there.
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