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One of these days I will learn to quarantine new arrivals!

This is a discussion on One of these days I will learn to quarantine new arrivals! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by kspalding JH what did u use? Inquiring minds need to know. I've ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kspalding View Post
    JH what did u use? Inquiring minds need to know. I've been using rubbing alcohol (just specifying, never know if a newbie might try vodka or something ) to a success but my problem has not ever (yet) went above minimal. Would be nice to have this advice just in case.
    Although I haven't personally tried it, you'd more than likely get a good result with Vodka due to the alcohol content.

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    I have used rubbing alcohol as well... hunting them down with the Qtip of death was very satisfying. Be sure to check every couple of days for more of the little bastards. Staying on top of the situation is crucial if you don't want to use harsh chemicals. As was mentioned, insecticidal soap works well to kill them. It's my go-to spray for indoor plants. If all else fails, the vodka will be great for YOU!
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    Sorry for the delayed response, I used Bayer complete. I sprayed with it and also watered with it. It's a systemic pesticide and can remain in the plants for some time so I don't recommend it if you have pets who like to nibble or get close to your orchids. Definitely do not use on anything edible. I tried everything else and finally went with a pesticide. I prefer safer organic methods, but the mealies needed to be eliminated once and for final!

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