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Masd. leaves - Spider mites?

This is a discussion on Masd. leaves - Spider mites? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey guys, a while back I was complaining (whining) about some leaves on some Masd. ...

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    Default Masd. leaves - Spider mites?

    Hey guys, a while back I was complaining (whining) about some leaves on some Masd. I think the thread may have been on spider mite. Anyway, I finally got around to taking the picture as Bruce requested. This is only happening to my Masd. and not all of them, but about 3/4 (around 25). This is by far the worst one affected. As you can see, it is growing but it is not looking good. What do you think, is this spider mite? The leaf starts out with white on it then the brown moves in - eventually the leaf dies.
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    It does look like mite damage that led to a secondary infection too. If you rub a tissue on the bottom of the leaf and it shows red streaks, you will know for sure. I would immediately remove this and any other affected orchids away from the healthy ones. Then follow the advice in the other thread about how to get rid of these pests. Also, I would recommend doing the tissue test on whichever orchids were closest to the infected ones, even if they don't look bad. Better safe than sorry.

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    I agree with Angie. Also, go ahead and treat/spray all of the orchids in the area. You will need to retreat again in a few times. (once every seven or so days should do it.)

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