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Your remedy for this kind of bug?

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    Question Your remedy for this kind of bug?

    I was looking through some new plants and discovered a few of my phals were infected with bugs. I know how I deal with them, but I thought I'd see how everyone else kills this one. I was suprised this is on my phals, usually I only find these on my cattleya.

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    You can see them floating in the water. They were climbing onto the wood and once I got looking closer realized that all the little white things floating were bugs also.

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    Mealy bugs!! We all get them. You're going to have to spray your babies. Everyone has their favorite spray. I use an oil spray with pyrethrin. Pyrethrin is made from chrysanthemums and is realitivly harmless to you and pets. You will have to spray at least twice about 7-10 days apart to catch any that may hide and hatch.

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    Hi connie,

    I have had these before and tried everything. I tried wiping with rubbing alcohol but used a lot so I killed one plant. The best method that worked for me was to repot and use a dry toothbrush to get rid of these. I think they are called aphids if not mistaken. After you brush them off, you need to check evey couple of days as if they laid eggs you will find some more. with time you get rid of them. Also check your other plants because you will probablly find some more. They like new growth, new leaves and flowers so you might find them there also! I had to cut off some spikes before.

    Good luck!

    Fadi

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    I agree with the repotting, but I have used rubbing alcohol on a q-tip..rechecking everyday for a couple weeks and have had great luck! It may be luck, but it has worked for me. These little buggers can hide anywhere!

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    Insecticidal soap has worked pretty well for me.

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    These uninvited guests visit me from time to time and I use Confidor: I spray twice in 10 days. After that they are gone....for a while.

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    Dyno-mite. Okay, it's made for removing mites on my birdies, but seems to work when sprayed on phals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Dyno-mite. Okay, it's made for removing mites on my birdies, but seems to work when sprayed on phals.
    Hmm, interesting one....hadn't heard of this one. I may have to stop at a pet shop.

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    As I have troubles finding anything specific brand recommendations, I often resort to more generic means.

    I have had great success with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle on all sorts of bugs, mealy bugs included. Though you do have to be vigilant and keeping looking/spraying for awhile. Hasn't hurt the plants at all yet.

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    Leave not prisoners! Those critters will take over if not dealt with quickly. My cattleyas were attacked and I lost so many over the last two summers. No mercy!

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