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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; I went online to refresh my memory about this time of years changes and ran ...

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    Unhappy Time to check for bugs again....

    I went online to refresh my memory about this time of years changes and ran across an article by our local orchid society that said to treat for bugs and put down snail bait this week as it is time for the rains to come. As I began getting the vanda section ready I looked over the mounted cattleya that hang near the vandas and found a plant hidden at the back that the bugs had gotten ahold of.

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    I also found this guy munching on the roots...

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    ...turned the plant around and almost said a bad word out loud!

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    So I got out my best bug killing stuff and made a concoction up...

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    Then I grabbed an old toothbrush and began scrubbing the plant with; dishsoap, bug killer, rubbing alcohol and a small amount of water.

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    Scrub, turn...scrub turn...over and over I scrubbed and then finally I rinsed the entire plant. You may think you did a great job...but there is always another little group hidden here or there...look everywhere! Oh and that snail got a new treat I recently heard about. I sprinkled table salt on it and it dissolved into a bunch of bubbles.

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    When I was completely sure I had the plant clean from top to bottom I poured the rest of my mix onto the mount. There won't be any bugs left to re-infect the plant...I hope. It usually works if I follow up with regular weekly sprayings.

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    Mealybugs and snails -- a sight no orchid grower wants to see. Looks like you took care of the problem. Rubbing alcohol is also one of my favorite weapons against mealybugs and aphids. Diatomaceous earth mixed in water works on snails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wordenm1 View Post
    Mealybugs and snails -- a sight no orchid grower wants to see. Looks like you took care of the problem. Rubbing alcohol is also one of my favorite weapons against mealybugs and aphids. Diatomaceous earth mixed in water works on snails.
    I need to reapply the diatomaceous again. I've been super busy and am a little behind out back. I also need to reapply the snail bait on the side of the house...and the next few days it's move stuff into the greenhouse time for the vanda section. Normally I don' take a great deal of time with sick plants, but this one is a nice one that I don't want to lose.

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    Great job Connie and thanks for the advise. I keep my orchids outside in a pergola and I am constantly dealing with scales and it is time consuming removing those buggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orkala View Post
    Great job Connie and thanks for the advise. I keep my orchids outside in a pergola and I am constantly dealing with scales and it is time consuming removing those buggers.
    The thing I was told to remember; if it hasn't rained heavy in at least a week spray once a week for bugs. Rain helps keep them down apparently and the time of year can also be a factor. Those old tooth brushes are also great for removing the old sheath material from p-bulbs. Once wet the sheaths scrub right off. I remove the dried materials from my plants when I move them...and I move them a lot. lol It's like inspection time right now. If I let a plant into the greenhouse with bugs it's disasterous.

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    Oh, Connie, that scale is the worst!! I finally found something that seems to kill the stuff: SEVIN (Ready to Spray Bug Killer) by Garden Tech. About 20 bucks a bottle, but after a couple of treatments - no signs of life from those horrible, white, killing machines. I lost so many cattleya orchids to scale. Ugh. Just awful.

    I hope you got 'em all -good and dead.

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    I think I have just lost my appetite...and I am studying Zoology too.

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    My word Connie, it looks like you declared all out war, well done. It is so soul destroying when you watch a plant about to flower and the next morning there is a huge fat snail or slug enjoying it more than you. Salt is a great Idea as here in The U.K we are overun by these guys throughout the year. A constant battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORCHIDJOE View Post
    My word Connie, it looks like you declared all out war, well done. It is so soul destroying when you watch a plant about to flower and the next morning there is a huge fat snail or slug enjoying it more than you. Salt is a great Idea as here in The U.K we are overun by these guys throughout the year. A constant battle.
    I have one out back right now with a flower that was munched on by snails before I even knew the plant had a bud on it. The flower has a lip and part of one petal and that is all they left me. lol The bright yellow of the lip caught my eye. It's that time of year here...

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