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Aphids Everywhere!

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    I have 13 orchids in one room along with 10 succluents. Today, I noticed aphids all over the buds and leaves of my epidendrum. Then I found an aphid on my air plant, which is on the other side of the room. I'm afraid that they might all be infected with these little bugs. My mother has orchids in a different area and I really hope the aphids don't get to them. Is there anyway I can kill these aphids without harming my plants?

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    You could use Safers soap. It's safe to use indoors...I'd still avoid breathing the mist or allowing it to sit on your skin. Aphids are easy to kill, but being that the soap is a contact killer only, you'll need to be vigilant.
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    Safers would be good to get rid of the aphids and it won't harm the buds.

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    Safer's would work. Another option is a neem oil/water spray (proportions should be on the neem oil bottle). Either way, you will need to spray several times...maybe every 4-7 days for 3 weeks or so to be sure you get them all, and anything that hatches.

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    My opinion is get rid of them with a systemic like Merit. You can take them outside and drench the soil. Let them dry off and while outside clean up the grow area. With a good systemic there is little chance of another attack.
    I know some don't like the use of pesticides but if used sparingly and with knowledge they are fast and effective. Always quarantine new plants. It is especially important when growing inside.

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    My partner's grandmother has a very organic remedy to it. Soak 2 tablespoons of tobacco in 2 cups of water overnight and brew it with a tea bag the next day. Spray it on the affected areas and there you go. They'd disappear and never ever come back. this saves the orchid in a way that you don't have to wash it off or take it out of the pot. You can soak the pot with the orchid in the remaining liquid just in case they are underneath.

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    Never heard of the tobacco tea trick. I'll keep that one in mind. I have many indoor plants and outdoor gardens as well.

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    Just wash them off. You don't actually need to rush out and buy chemical treatments for simple pests like this. Warm water, and child's paint brush , and a little bit of patience, that's all you need.

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    As far as the tobacco is concerned, there may be some risk of virus being introduced. I am a smoker and will not handle my plants without sanitizing my hands first. It is said that mosaic virus, which is common in tobacco crops, survives the curing process involved in making cigarettes. I err on the side of caution because a virus isn't a living thing in and of itself. It can survive much that a fully biological organism cannot.
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    So many suggestion maybe one of them will work for you good luck.

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