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Scary little bugs

This is a discussion on Scary little bugs within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm doing the heeby jeeby dance right now. I just tossed a very ailing keiki ...

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    Unhappy Scary little bugs

    I'm doing the heeby jeeby dance right now. I just tossed a very ailing keiki that I was hanging on to because it was my first orchid. The second to last leave just dropped and I saw teeny tiny slithery busy bodied little bugs in the very center of the crown...like under where the leave dropped
    I NEVER saw these little monsters until that leave dropped. Can I assume that my other phals have them too??? I'm still have the chills running up my spine. Do I have a scale prob on my hands??


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    *sniff sniff*
    I just found some more on my lovely new mini

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    Sounds more like a mealy bug problem.
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    pls post pix of your plant or leaves.

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    Probably mealy bugs if they are moving around. Do they jump when you touch them or spray them with water?

    Cheers,
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    I'll post some pics of them a little later....They are moving around quite fast actually. Its strange though, the old keiki I tossed seemed like it had DIFFERENT bugs. The ones I've found crawling around my other phals are tiny little black or multi-colored bugs. Now I'm really scratching my head. I'll be looking for malathyon here in the island. It's doubtful but I'm hopeful.

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    Hi Desiree, If you DO use Malathion, Please follow the directions,,,cover your self, and use rubber gloves, That stuff is bad news, but it WILL KILL the bugs! Cygon 2 E is also great to use on orchids. Gook luck...Betty

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    I'm fighting the bugs right now too...I hope you get yours under control. I have developed a whole new love for frogs, geckos' and anything else that eats bugs off my orchids.

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    Thanks Connie...what a buzz kill! 2 of my phals are in full bloom and of COURSE they are the ones seemingly affected. Let me know what works for you too. I can't have any cool frogs or geckos or ladybugs in the condo, but I CAN take them outside and treat them accordingly.

    Betty, I've been reading up on Malathion..rest assured if I decide to use it, I'll be in full haz-mat gear...ok, maybe not, but I'll do my best to stay protected. That stuff is S-C-A-R-Y!

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