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Bringing orchids inside -- pests?

This is a discussion on Bringing orchids inside -- pests? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I summer my orchids on a rooftop under a shadehouse and hanging from rods, so ...

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    I summer my orchids on a rooftop under a shadehouse and hanging from rods, so I don't think too many bugs have crawled in. BUT, I think I should drench the medium with something before I bring them into my house (mainly Catts).

    What would you folks recommend that I drench with? Something that won't smell and something that I can buy in NYC. Many pesticides, like Orthene, can't be purchased in NYC. Would Safers Insecticide work as a good drench to kill off critters? Neem oil (but I hear its smelly). Any help you could give me could be greatly appreciated.

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    I use orange oil, diluted in water, ever since our local expert recommended it. It can be found at big box stores, and a bottle goes a long way, since you dilute it so much. I don't recall the proportions, but I am sure the bottle says. It seems to kill the critters, doesn't harm the plants, and smells good to boot.

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    Um! I like the citrusy smell of orange oil, that's a good one. If you think your plants may be harboring slugs, give them some cold coffee. I don't know if it is the caffiene or the acid in coffee that does them in but they can't seem to stand it.

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    If you were forced to choose between chemicals that wouldn't actually kill the pests couldn't you just start dosing early on and continue until they were so irritated that they abandoned ship? If they find their environment to be unsuitable they might just pack up and move away.

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    I always use malathion outside before bringing in any pests. It is nasty stuff, but gets the job done.

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    I'm glad somebody brought this question up - I just opened the site to ask about this! :-) It's getting cold and I found out that my orchids are infested pretty bad with moths, baby-roaches and ants. I have 2-years-old in a house - so if there are anything else safe what can be used to treat plants before bringing them inside - it would be real doog to know... Thanks to you all for help!

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    Also, a few of my catts don' look good - leaves loor brown and somewhat transparent, like half of a plant is rotting top-to-bottom. They are in a pretty big pots - should I repot in October?! What could it be?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberianGirl View Post
    Also, a few of my catts don' look good - leaves loor brown and somewhat transparent, like half of a plant is rotting top-to-bottom. They are in a pretty big pots - should I repot in October?! What could it be?...
    Always a good idea to post a photo with a question like this so that you get the best advice for your particular situation. So, if you can, post up a photo. I would also suggest for a new question like this to start a new thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberianGirl View Post
    I'm glad somebody brought this question up - I just opened the site to ask about this! :-) It's getting cold and I found out that my orchids are infested pretty bad with moths, baby-roaches and ants. I have 2-years-old in a house - so if there are anything else safe what can be used to treat plants before bringing them inside - it would be real doog to know... Thanks to you all for help!
    As I mentioned before, I use an orange oil drench. I looked it up, and it is 2 oz of orange oil per gallon of water. I wasn't sure exactly how it works, just thjat it is non-toxic and smells good, so I looked it up on the local organic experts website: "contains the raw oil collected from the citrus peel during the juicing extraction. No heat is applied during this "cold pressed" process thereby preserving the integrity of the oil. Orange oil has been discovered to be an important ingredient in a variety of household and gardening applications. Orange oil degrades the waxy coating on the ectoskeleton of insects, causing dehydration and asphxiation."

    So far, it has worked well for me, and I haven't brought pests in with the plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    As I mentioned before, I use an orange oil drench. I looked it up, and it is 2 oz of orange oil per gallon of water. I wasn't sure exactly how it works, just thjat it is non-toxic and smells good, so I looked it up on the local organic experts website: "contains the raw oil collected from the citrus peel during the juicing extraction. No heat is applied during this "cold pressed" process thereby preserving the integrity of the oil. Orange oil has been discovered to be an important ingredient in a variety of household and gardening applications. Orange oil degrades the waxy coating on the ectoskeleton of insects, causing dehydration and asphxiation."

    So far, it has worked well for me, and I haven't brought pests in with the plants.

    Kathi
    This sorta makes me wonder if I could just add orange zest when I water. My Microplane isn't getting a very good workout lately and oranges are fairly inexpensive...I could use a healthy dose of OJ now and then. Well, for brunch. And with the vodka that I buy for the plants.

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