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Neem oil!!?

This is a discussion on Neem oil!!? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Knock on wood, but I have never seen a slug here in Colorado. Although I ...

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    Knock on wood, but I have never seen a slug here in Colorado. Although I am sure there must be someplace here that is moist enough to allow them to survive.

    Also, due to low humidity, our insect population in general is smaller. Little bugs have little protection from drying out and dying. Too low of humidity for dust mites to do well even.

    But that doesn't necessarily mean that plants don't get infestations. If a plant comes into the seller infested, likely from out of state sources, then you can get bugs. In my 16 years living here, I have had only one house plant that had bugs, spider mites. A gardenia. My dedication to the plant was low so after trying Safers a couple of times, I decided to get rid of the plant rather than risk spreading to the rest in the house. I only had a couple of phals during this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryv View Post
    OK, when I have a problem like this, I empty the pot of all its contents, give the neem oil treatment all over the plant and roots. Spread out the medium on the ground and spray neem oil/detergent on it too, would be nice if you have sun to dry this for a day or two. Then put them all back together and my plants start looking happy and grow beautifully. This has been my experience so far. You might want to try it. Good luck!
    This thread answered so many questions I had and even raised a couple more. Mice? I would've never thought. Thanks to all who generously shared their advice here, I think I'm ready to take the plunge and get all my plants cleaned up and then hopefully just on a maintenance program.

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