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I think I have scale!

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    Default I think I have scale!

    I was watering my masdie this afternoon and decided to have a good luck at it and AGHHHH I have found a problem I believe to be scale some of the darker areas wiped off and i didnt take a photo to start with but this is what is left. I have sprayed with Bug Gun but it doesnt say it is for scale. I have closely inspected all my other plants but there are no signs of anything I guess I am going to have to check them all daily for a few weeks, the masdie has been isolated in the kitchen and will be until I can sort this out, I have had the plant about 6 weeks and until now I hadnt spotted anything but maybe I just did not look properly. Any advice is welcome I am not sure what to do next.
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    Carrie, you probably uncovered lots of too small for the naked eye to see eggs and crawlers when you took the protecting scale off. It is not enough to remove the hard covered pest. Check out 'Insect and Arthropod Pest Identification and Management' in this post

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...tml#post112371

    The comprehensive scale portion is toward the end of the article. (Picture link included)

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    |Thanks Joe thats great I will bookmark tha\t link, definately looks like I have scale prob armoured scale little horrors they will die as soon as soon as possible. Wonder where they came from as i cant spot anything on any other orchid and we havent brought any other plants in recently.

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    I get scale here and there. I try and use an alcohol swab on anything I can see to keep in under control. I find direct contact with alcohol to be instant death for the lil' buggers. I try and only use spray if it seems like it’s going to get out of control.

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    I dont know If I can get alcohol here ( other than vodka, whisky etc, lol) the only other thing I have read about is meths but I would be worried that would damage the plant, Lets see if I have got rd of them all, I might try the oil water and dish soap method see if that helps It just seemed there were quite a lot of them and if each can produce 30 - 200 eggs that doesnt sound good, at least they cant fly so hopefully they havent spread but I will be watching like a hawk see if any do crop up on any of the other plants. Thanks so much for the advice and info you all rock!

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    Carrie, Chaeck with a pharmacy for alcohol wipes. Many diabetics use them before insulin injections, so You should ba able to get them. They contain rubbing alcohol, which is what does in the little critters and evaporates off the plant leaves without (hopefully) harming the plants.

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    Thank you cindiras I am sure we can get those, so I will bob to the pharmacy tomorrow and try get some. I just want these little beasties gone!

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    Yeah, it is almost like a game when you start hunting them down and zapping them with the alcohol. If you have any old brown sheaths try peeling them back and look under them. They love tight places, especially as the base where the leaves emerge. Sometimes I let a few drops run down the leaf to where they hide, let it sit for a minute and then rinse with water. I haven't noticed any negative side effects from this yet, just use as little as possible.

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    Thats a good idea as there are tight brown sheaths at the base of the leaves where they come out the moss I am not sure I can remove this on the Masdie without breaking the leaves off but I can try and if not try squeeze some of the alcohol onto/into it. thank you so much for your help!

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