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mealy bug invasion

This is a discussion on mealy bug invasion within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; First of all I just wanted to say hello to everyone since this is my ...

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    Default mealy bug invasion

    First of all I just wanted to say hello to everyone since this is my first post on the site.
    My question is what is the best way to get rid of mealy bugs?

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    Hi, there and welcome!

    I don't like using posion so I use plain water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a few drops of rubbing alcohol and I just spray the bugs away. It takes a few periodic spraying to completely get rid of them. I also pick and crush them whenever I can.

    It works for me and my plants, it may work for you, too!

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    I use orthene(outside only please).....and also Safer's soap. I find since Orthene is a systemic,you have to get them first with a contact killer. You need to spray them once a week at least 3 times to get all hatchlings...plus be sure and clean with a toothbrush ,all old sheaths and debris off...they love to hide in nooks and crannys!

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    I used to use a product called duragaurd which had Dursban in it. That stuff always worked in one spray but got pulled off the shelf. I have not had a mealy infestation since but I know orthene works well. I used to go organic but with so many plants it just does not work. If you only have a few then neem oil, safer soap and a few other products work OK.

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    I just started using a new product from Schultz. I liked Safer, but it's only available around here in those puny bottles and I go through a lot of it. I used the new stuff to treat my Odontonia Lorraine's 14th for mealy bugs. Before I sprayed yesterday, the plant had between 30 and 40 blooms on it. I expect that they will all be ruined but in the event they aren't, I'll be switching to the new stuff permanently and will be sure to post back with the full name of the product.

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    PAGrower, is that Schultz product the GardenSafe 3-in-1 fungicide, insecticide, miticide? If so, that's what I use when I have to use something; I get it at Target or HD. What I like most about it is that it's for roses, vegetables, houseplants, orchids... and the name "Garden Safe" is so comforting... I've used it on mealy bugs, and also on aphids and powdery mildew, which get my roses. I used it on an orchid recently for some weird thing that was gnawing on a new leaf and laying its eggs... it worked well and the new leaf is recovering.

    I wonder whether it can be used instead of Physan (is that what it's called) when treating root rot, etc.

    Liz

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

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    Liz,

    You were close. It's GardenSafe Houseplant & Garden Insect Spray. Ingredients include canola oil and pyrethrin. It's been working well for me on all sorts of things, both indoor and outdoor. If it turns out that it can be used on a blooming orchid without destroying the flowers, I will consider it a true find. I moved the plant to the shady side of the house after I treated it yesterday and it looks okay so far. I'll keep you posted.

    Rick

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    I'm battling mealy bugs myself, ugly little rascals! Since they're on an indoor phal, I'm assuming they hatched from the potting medium. I've already removed the ones I saw with alcohol and q-tip, but I'm going to repot and spray the plant. Found mites on my drac this morning too! I'm on bug patrol!!

    Lisa

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    ugly little rascals!
    Tell me about it. Mine seemed to materialize out of thin air. I've had the plant for over a year with no prior sign of infestation, and none of my other plants seem to be affected, knock on wood.

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