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Entomological- Naming Bugs

This is a discussion on Entomological- Naming Bugs within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi, everyone. Like most of you, I am on constant guard against mealy bugs and ...

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    Default Entomological- Naming Bugs

    Hi, everyone.

    Like most of you, I am on constant guard against mealy bugs and scale. In the past, I have used insecticide soap, alcohol, and systemic methods as both a preventative and treatment. However, I want to start using a more organic method, predatory bugs, but need to know the correct name of what bad-bugs I am trying to control/eradicate.

    I have read so much information that now I am confused on what is a hard scale, soft scale. To make matters worse, there are hundreds of different types of scale including mealys.

    Can someone tell me the proper entomological names of the scale most often found on orchids?

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    The soft brown scale (Coccus hesperidium), and possibly the similar elongate soft scale (Coccus longulus), seem to be the most observed species according to the AOS. Boisduval scale (Diaspis boisduvali), an armored scale, can infect orchids in the greenhouse and the home, and should be guarded against also.


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    Default I hope this isn't boisduval scale!

    Hi! I came across this thread and was hoping for some clarification. I think I might have a boisduval scale problem but I can't seem to find any definitive pictures online. Can anyone tell me what is going on with my plants? I really don't want to lose any of my orchids.

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