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My Phal has been bitten

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    hi,

    I have been watching/checking my Phal for a few days as I got worried about the "bites" on its leaves. But as there were only a few of them, I didn't worry much, as I thought it could be something else, not bites.. But yesterday I looked closely at the blooms of the orchid and I saw some bites there too! Then I got really anxious about its health.. Has anybody seen something similar to this? I also have to mention that I have found some small white dots on the leaves and on the spike that would only come off my scraching them with a nail.. please give me some advice on this, as I cannot find any info..

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    thanks a lot in advance!!!

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    Do you have a cat?

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    It may sound funny, but even this problem I also have. It seemed so minor to me compare to Phals without roots and crown rot on Cymbidium that I didn't even bother you all with this. Here is the picture of a flower. I found info in a Guide that it could be rouches (yak!!!), who get into pot at day time and get out to feed on flowers at night. Can you imagine the picture?... I didn't find any bites on leaves though, So, Jovi, hope you will get an answers to you question. Best luck!
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    My mom has a bird, a cockatiel, that does this to her phals. Silly thing flys over when she doesn't get her way and bites the leaves on the edges making "v" marks. I am not sure what was munching on your phal, Jovi. Check for slugs in the orchid pot. It would not hurt to pour some insecticide through the orchid medium.

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    The marks on the flower sure look like they could have been made by a creature with fangs, like a cat.

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    well it seems strange to not to see any insects on the leaves or in the pot.. either they're very small or there's no.. but I think maybe I just didn't notice them, as the bites really seems to have been made by insects.. actually the same thing is happening to the other flower (not an orchid) that lives next to this Phal, but the situation is much worse. Firstly I thought it might be because I repotted the flower, but when the bites became bigger, I understood that it's been attacked by the "intruders".. I think I will treat these two pour little things with insecticide.. it's sad that the blooms of the orchid may not survive it.. but it's always better this way, thank loosing the whole Phal.. Thanks all of you for the comments and advices

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    SiberianGirl why don't you also treat it with insecticide? I have Actara, I think it should kill all the insects, or slugs, or whatever lives there.. don't you?

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    Brutal_Dreamer, should I also threat the leaves with the intect.? I am affraid that some of the intruders can still survive if I don't treat the whole orchid.. what do you think? And of course I should cut the spike?...

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    cindiras I don't have any pets not even a bird.. so it couldn't have been made by a pet.. I wish that would be the cause..

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    Jovi, I didn't treat it with anything bacause bites didn't get any bigger for 2 weeks (even if appeared in one night), I can't find insecticide which safe for orchid and afraid to experiment with just any because, as I said, I've already got enough orchid problems to deal with for now anf don't want to kill one more plant. But you are right - I need to take care of this one too. Looked all over - didn't see sign of insects in the medium ore pot though. Best luck and a new orchid!

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