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This is a discussion on Snails - little tiny ones within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; ow,... that's just bad news,.. really hate using the pesticide,,.. have something by the name ...

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    ow,... that's just bad news,.. really hate using the pesticide,,.. have something by the name of lamda sihalotrin recommended by an orchid nursery,.. they said it's an all purpose pesticide, used it once for the orchid from broken tree with plenty of mixed bugs before and never repeat the process,.. paranoid of the side effects,.. not seeing any bug after though,.. but still need to repeat i think,...

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    Thank Ray. Yes, I quickly figured out that the potato would not be a good control method. However, it was a great way to see what little creepy-crawlies were in my plants. I found that going out at night had the best results. I'll probably just throw a slice on my pots whenever cooking potatoes to check for activity.

    I don't mean to sound dense, but when you speak of the "dregs from the coffee pot" are you referring to the last bit of coffee or the actual grounds? As the only coffee drinker in my house, I have a single serve brewer, but am not opposed to making a few cups for my orchids : )

    Also, would copper tape around the top of the pot be a problem for the plants?

    Thanks again, I truly appreciate your knowledge and the science behind the information. By the way, the KelpMax is fabulous!

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    Also, would copper tape around the top of the pot be a problem for the plants?
    Nevermind, with roots that grow over the top and sides of plants, it's probably not a good idea.

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    I'm curious about the "dregs" as well. I wondered about beer - I'd heard that you can put out a shallow platter (about 1/2 inch deep) of old beer and wait for them to go over to it at nightfall, by morning they should be drowned. Also, what about Sluggo - it's harmless to pets - would it work?

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    Dregs = what's left in the pot after it's been sitting there all day. The really bitter liquid, not the grounds.

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    Thanks Ray. I'll just have to make those little snails a cup or two. I think I have found most of them, but I expect more to hatch soon. It is never this easy.

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    If these are the so called garlic snails then you will need to take very positive action - they will eat all & any new root tips. They are a dark greyish colour & have flattened, disc shaped shells, really quite cute if it were not for their destructive eating habits. Do no under estimate them. The pellet types of baits are, in any case of no use with the garlic snails, they wont eat them. Even repotting into clean bark is unlikely to eliminate every snail, & they breed very rapidly. In my experience the only remedy is to submerge the pot in a solution of Mesurol, as recommended. You will need to do so again about a month after the first treatment. These tiny ssnails will spread to your other plants by climbing any leaf or root that touches the nearby plants.

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    I set pennies around my pots and have watered over them with no problem. I too was worried about causing some sort of metallic problem but its been three years and no issue. Only snail problem I had was with my dove orchid that was harder to identify because the damage wasn't similar to what snails do to Phals. After discovering the problem and adding the pennies my doves are growing not one, not two, but three new growths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kspalding View Post
    I set pennies around my pots and have watered over them with no problem. I too was worried about causing some sort of metallic problem but its been three years and no issue. Only snail problem I had was with my dove orchid that was harder to identify because the damage wasn't similar to what snails do to Phals. After discovering the problem and adding the pennies my doves are growing not one, not two, but three new growths.
    Probably no copper toxicity, as a US penny is 2.5% Cu and 97.5% Zn

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    all I need to get rid of those pesky buggers is 2.5%?....works for me and my orchids.

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    Hi there.I had snails on my orchids too.I found one but I have no idea if there are any more.I dint have good eyesight and it was at night.I was repotting at night.I watched a youtube video that hydrogen peroxide works so when I saw it crawled out, I flick it off the stem and sprayed it with hp just to see the reaction.it died.no joke.since then I make sure I use hp when I repot new plants cos these nasty stuff can really destroy the roots.hoping my beautiful cattleya survives.
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