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Time to check for bugs again....

This is a discussion on Time to check for bugs again.... within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; That was quite the nasty collective infestation you had there....

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    That was quite the nasty collective infestation you had there.






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    I'm treating a similarly infested plant. Hope I can get it completely clean, otherwise it will get discarded...I do not want thet scale to spread.

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    Great job Connie. Snails are no more a major problem for me but mealy bugs seem are almost impossible to get rid of short of scrubbing and flushing them out until the next infestation. Someone suggested using an emulsion of neem oil and liquid soap. I haven't tried this but will do this soon as I obtain some neem oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Great job Connie. Snails are no more a major problem for me but mealy bugs seem are almost impossible to get rid of short of scrubbing and flushing them out until the next infestation. Someone suggested using an emulsion of neem oil and liquid soap. I haven't tried this but will do this soon as I obtain some neem oil.
    If you also add in some rubbing alcohol you will find even the babies and eggs are killed as well. When the alcohol touches them they change color letting you know you have a bad spot. It is the season...I have to go around checking for problems today. I take my rubbing alcohol and ear swabs along to hand pick any new adults...the changing color thing is great because sometimes white stuff isn't bugs and if they don't turn orange or black I know it's not a bug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    If you also add in some rubbing alcohol you will find even the babies and eggs are killed as well. When the alcohol touches them they change color letting you know you have a bad spot. It is the season...I have to go around checking for problems today. I take my rubbing alcohol and ear swabs along to hand pick any new adults...the changing color thing is great because sometimes white stuff isn't bugs and if they don't turn orange or black I know it's not a bug.
    Thanks Connie. I shudder at the thought of having to go through about 60 of my cattleyas alone ( the worst affected) and inspecting and brushing and swabbing about 6 - 10 p-bulbs in each pot....the mind boggles.

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