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yellow bugs?

This is a discussion on yellow bugs? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've got a 4 in. dendrobium. Nice white and pink flowers, however, I have noticed ...

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    I've got a 4 in. dendrobium. Nice white and pink flowers, however, I have noticed these little white bugs. They look like a spider, but tiny. They are all over the flowers, not the leaves. Got any idea on how to get rid of them, and what they are?

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    Tiny white bugs make me want to say whitefly, but spider-looking makes me want to say mites. That they're just on the flowers, though, may mean they're actually aphids.

    (Sheesh, bug season must be erupting everywhere...) Whatever they are, though, I would spray the plant down with an insecticide designed for ornamentals, or you could use an insecticidal oil like Neem.

    Many growers repot and spray any new plant they get just as a matter of course, to be sure nothing comes in to affect other plants in the growing area.

    Don't wait too long though; you want to get them before they spread...

    (Pretty flowers too, by the way.....)

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    I was wondering what the Neem stuff you were talking about. I don't have an orchid place around town. I would have to drive 2 hours to do that. Is there something else or is it a different name in the store?

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    Originally posted by pretty_bug01
    I was wondering what the Neem stuff you were talking about. I don't have an orchid place around town. I would have to drive 2 hours to do that. Is there something else or is it a different name in the store?
    Hi Pretty Bug1,
    If you have a Home Improvement store in your area, you will be able to purchase Neem oil. I bought some at Lowes about a month or so ago. I have a spidermite issue with my NOID Oncidium that I am using it on. It is expensive, but it goes a long way and works wonderfully .

    Very pretty flower, that was my first orchid I recieved.

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    Can I spray my oncidium that is starting to make a shoot? I want to do all of the just in case it has spread. Should I wait until it flowers. I just don't want to stop it from growing.

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    I would do it asap, or else they will make lunch out of the buds. If you do get Neem, mix it according to directions, and spray everything. Repeat it in 7-10 days to kill and new eggs that are hatching. I am going to do it a third time in about 5 more days.

    I have also used regular incecticide, but try not to make a regular habit of it. I have a three year old who love to touch the leaves of my orchids, so safety is my #1 priority.

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