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whitish/translucent bugs on my orchids!!!

This is a discussion on whitish/translucent bugs on my orchids!!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all! I was watering all of my plants today (orchids and other houseplants as ...

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    Hello all!

    I was watering all of my plants today (orchids and other houseplants as well) and as I got to one sick phal being nursed back to health (new roots and a new leaf growing...yay!!) I noticed that there were many tiny whitish/translucent bugs on the plant. I would add a picture but they are too tiny and can't be viewed with my camera. I got all concerned and ran to check my other orchids and sure enough, there were a couple of the little buggers on there too! I googled around a bit but couldn't find any clear answers, so I thought I'd come to the professional...you guys!! Please let me know how, if at all, I can get rid of the insects. Are they even harmful? Will they kill my other plants (spider plant, succulent, bamboo, etc.)? HELP!!

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    Hi, hope it's not as serious as it sounds. Is there any visible damage to the plants? What are the orchids potted in? Can you see if it's in the potting media? I had something like this happen to me earlier in my orchid habit and the other members suggested that it may be a little creature that likes the bark the orchids grow in. If it is them, you may have to repot because they break down the bark faster. A pesticide safe for orchids may be another resort if you recently repotted. I use Actara or 85% Sevin solution, neem oil is a natural option too if they plants live out the intense sunlight. I'm sure you may find others mentioned here if you key in pesticide in the search at the top of the page. Hope these buggies make a hasty exit soon.

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    They are definitely in the potting media (bark)--as soon as I water they start moving around like crazy! The phal that is just now showing signs of new life was a friends, so I'm thinking that the reason it was dying to begin with was because of the bugs. I had no idea to look for signs of this before bringing the plant in. Live and learn, I guess.

    I've been doing more research and I'm thinking that they are mealybugs...They have successfully infested my succulent plant, which, so far, is the only plant with visible damage. I have been reading about a spray mix of rubbing alcohol and a drop of dish soap...wondering if anyone has had success with this? Can I spray the entire plant including the roots, then pot in new media? Ugh, my poor plants!!!!

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    Yeah that is one method I've heard other members here using. I have a neem tree in my front yard so I drop a few branches in my rain barrel then wet my plants with it every watering, so I don't really try too many different things. Just be sure the dish soap is bleach free, think Dawn was suggested in the post about the solution. I guess you'll have to hit all with it, even if you don't see them buggies. *gluk*

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    I know this is an old post but for people who visit here for info on same problem there are alot of things unanswered. First, If they flew then its not mealy bugs. Sounds to me more like fungus gnats caused by over watering. There is also an insect known as the blind mosquito (not actually blind or a mosquito) which is mildly harmful to plants and has a larger but still small thin body and a bee like coloration. When they fly they look clear. Only I never seen them in the soil they seem to prefer blooms. Plus in this post it was mentioned they moved around. Mealy bugs are immobile as adults and even the younger generation that move they are not that quick.
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