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Newbie here... have some white patches on my orchid?

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    Default Newbie here... have some white patches on my orchid?

    Firstly, hi all!

    I am very very new to this, so please bear with my ignorance. I am quite interested to learn more about this plant and how to take care of it.

    Over the past years, I've bought my wife some orchids... we now have five plants. Nothing super exotic.

    We've noticed that these plants are survivors, and grow flowers over the years.

    One of our plants has sprouted a stalk again, but there is a white patch on its leaf. I have no idea what it is, and I'm hoping one of you more experienced people might point me in the right direction.

    Thanks in advance!

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    It's difficult to tell from your photo, but I've had spider mite damage that looked similar...a bit more patchy. Using a white napkin or tissue, wipe the underside of the leaf. If the tissue is left with a rusty colored smear, you have spider mites.
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    Thanks cakedaddy, I think I may have some spider mites... i wiped the underside of the leaf with a damp tissue and saw a few reddish looking specs on the white tissue. I've search spider mites and saw many other pictures and they seem consistent.

    What's the best way to get rid of them? I've read dishwashing liquid, vegetable oil and alcohol? Do you mix all three with water and wipe the leaves down?

    Also, do these spider mites affect humans? A little worried as this is an indoor plant on our coffee table.

    Thanks!

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    I don't believe that they would have any effect on people. I've never tried home remedies...safers soap is effective for mites. Most insecticides aren't however being that mites aren't insects. Mites tend to thrive in arid conditions, so increasing humidity will help to slow them down while you treat. You have to be sure to treat on a schedule so that you are getting them all as the eggs wont be killed by the soap.
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    Welcome. Jason's diagnosis seems to be spot on.

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    Good luck with this orchid, Bulltart. Increased humidity will both limit spider mite issues and help your orchid.

    cheers,
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    Thanks for all your help peoples! This forum seems to be a friendly place. I'll start trying some treatment... never was a plant person before, but willing to give this a shot.

    Cheers!

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    welcome! and you are quite right, this is an amazingly friendly group of people! ive never been one for joining forums but this has become a daily treat, mainly due to the people... as well as being a wealth of knowledge!
    good luck getting rid of dem mites!

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