Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Will bug bombs harm orchids?

This is a discussion on Will bug bombs harm orchids? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have two freakin' moths in my apartment that just WON'T leave. They hide every ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    sand_tiger86's Avatar
    sand_tiger86 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kelly
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Vandas and Catts
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    811

    Default Will bug bombs harm orchids?

    I have two freakin' moths in my apartment that just WON'T leave. They hide every time I try to look for them to set them outside, and then scare the living shit out of me by fluttering maniacally on me when I'm settling down, watching a movie etc. I don't like to kill anything, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Bug bombs. I'm gonna teach the moth community that flying inside an insect-o-phobes apartment is NOT the best idea.

    So, should I put my orchids outside?

  2. #2
    Dazed's Avatar
    Dazed is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Tamara
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The ones that are alive
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Barbados, West Indies
    Posts
    737
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Dude you are too violent, (this coming from the person who promises to liquidate centipedes if they come into my house). Turn off all but one over head light and wait for em with a bowl of water. They fall into the water then you can fish em out and show em the door. I usually catch em when they're being perverts when someone's in the shower.

  3. #3
    sand_tiger86's Avatar
    sand_tiger86 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kelly
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Vandas and Catts
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    811

    Default

    I've already tried and the damn things are too smart for their own good. I'm seriously terrified of flying bugs, to the point that I literally flipped my laptop over in a spasm when one flew into my ear last night.

  4. #4
    Dazed's Avatar
    Dazed is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Tamara
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The ones that are alive
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Barbados, West Indies
    Posts
    737
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I have to say I'm sorry cause I'm here laughing at you. Please accept my sincerest apology, I know what it's like to have a phobia. I would normally just hunt em down when my niece used to live here, she hates em too, when they lit on something I'd just grab them in my hand and throw them out. We have wild 'house' lizards that deal with most of the creepy-crawlies, so I don't really have many roaming around. I'll think of something.... Hair spray!! I forgot about that, do you have any? Spritz the buggards with it, haven't used that in a long time, cause I let my hair go natural now. Not sure why it works but it does.

  5. #5
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Bug bomb shouldn't hurt your orchids, but is probably over-kill since you will need to wash all of your dishes and any utensils that gets covered in the bomb residue. The best way to catch the moths is to put on a single lamp low to the floor without a shade. They will be drawn to it. Once they are there, grab them and put them outside. Safe for you and your orchids.

    cheers,
    BD

  6. #6
    opaline's Avatar
    opaline is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Matt
    My Grow Area
    Sunroom
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Catasetinae
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    England, UK
    Posts
    830
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    A 'trap' spotlight/ lamp and sticky fly paper/ cockroack traps. Even smearing honey or treacle on some random prop. The fascination with repeated light bulb obsession ruins/ batters the wings anyway so an adhesive prop would finish the job plus they wont be flying when yoy gather and discard. Bug bombs are sulphur compressed most of the time and will linger on upholstery/ fabric for ages. Really a late autumn or first day of spring kind of tactic to sterilize greenhouse which can be closed off to prolong sulphurs prescence and exposure finish of those bad pathogens pests. The smoke is quite a thick dense smog

  7. #7
    Dazed's Avatar
    Dazed is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Tamara
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The ones that are alive
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Barbados, West Indies
    Posts
    737
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    K there you have it no bug bombs, for your own safety more than the orchids. Get a lamp put it in the middle of the living room, with a large bowl of water under it, smear a bug tacky strip with everything Matt suggested and lock yourself in your room til the morning. Some damn thing has to work. Or you can try a tea of rosemary, thyme, peppermint, clove & neem and spray it around, before you leave for work, unorthodox but I've tried it and it works on most bugs, and some people.

Similar Threads

  1. Water Orchids, Carnivore Orchids
    By SvenLittkowski in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: August 6th, 2014, 03:01 PM
  2. Bug Bombs and Spider Mites?
    By aquakej in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: July 29th, 2011, 11:53 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.