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Invasion of the Black Balls

This is a discussion on Invasion of the Black Balls within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have an idea of what scale looks like...flat to dome shaped, shiny, firmly fixed, ...

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    Default Invasion of the Black Balls

    I have an idea of what scale looks like...flat to dome shaped, shiny, firmly fixed, usually on the underside of the leaf...well something like that. Anyway, today I noticed these black, hard, easily removed "balls" on the underside of a paph leaf which is in flower as I write. Any clues? After I remove them, there doesn't appear to be any leaf scaring or yellowing or any residual evidence that they were on the leaf. So exam all the other paphs and take them to the local car wash? Get out the big guns and spray the @%&#*~ out of them?
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    Smile Looks like...

    Mites to me. Don't know that much about orchids but I do know what mites look like.

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    Spider mites are usually red or green and are a soft insect creating a gossamer web and they are VERY tiny! I thought they might be spider (arachnides) egg cases....

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    Scale ! be careful removing them the ^&*&$ kids are under the covering , I would take it to a sink and spray the h... out of it ,( The )soap spray , or Neem would work , have to do it about every 3 days to get any that survive then check it often, also others that around it , there are other sprays one is in a blue bottle at box stores . Take no prisioners .. Gin

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    I agree with you. But that looks like their waste products.

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    Smile Sorry to keep posting

    b ut I just hought of another way to tell ifits mite or not. Place a plain white paper under neath the plant and check it out after a while, if its mite you will see them.

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    While I thought they might be scale, and these easily removed hard black balls might be their excrement, but I can't find the hard, oval shiny parents. Fortunately, I checked all my other paphs and can't find anything that ev en closely resembles scale or little black balls. So maybe waste from some other kind of insect??????

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    Looks like roach turds to me

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    Question back again...

    could be aphids...

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    They look like fungal spore caps to me.

    What are the humidity/temperature conditions in their growing area?

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