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Help!...Bugs

This is a discussion on Help!...Bugs within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was just looking over my babies, which I do dozens of times a day, ...

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    Exclamation Help!...Bugs

    I was just looking over my babies, which I do dozens of times a day, and noticed that one of my phal. noids had bugs. They were small, maybe 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. They were kind of pinkish white. I say were because I took no chances and doused the plant with malathion. It was in an area away from the main body of my other babies thankfully, but I will be on alert for a while. It was surrounded by african violets and one other phal. noid. I haven't seen any on the others. I didn't take pictures, I just took action. From my limited description, can any one tell me what they think they might be and what I should do next? Should I rinse the insecticide off later, etc? Thanks for any help.

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    Do they look like little pieces of cotton and they have like white hairs around their body, if they do they might have been mealy bugs

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    No, they were not hairy. I don't think that they were mealies as I just looked at a pic of those a couple of days ago and that wasn't what they looked like. They were smooth and they didn't look like the armored scale either. To me that looks like a raised water spot. When I nudged one with a finger nail it moved on its own.

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    I checked out this link Insect and Arthropod Pest Identi and I think I have soft bodied brown scale. It is the only thing that looked close to what I saw. Well, it has been well and thouroughly doused!!! Now to keep an eye on everyone else.

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    Just keep spraying every week or every 10 days. i dont think i would spray more than 4 times

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    Will do, thanks for the advice.

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