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Tiny Beneficial? ants

This is a discussion on Tiny Beneficial? ants within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, last Saturday I found a winged ant on my window of the same species ...

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    So, last Saturday I found a winged ant on my window of the same species as the ones that started this thread. Decided enough was enough and watered in a commercial insecticidal soap. There were two nests. One in a Laelia rubescens pot and one in a large dendrobium that I've posted a few times. All gone now. I stopped doing the volunteer work at the local greenhouse. That's probably where my mealy and most of the scale problems originated.

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    I have the same observation Sheryl, these are black ants and usually harmless, also to human. My concern however is, ants are quite often a vehicle for lice distribution.

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    Hi guys!

    Just tooling around and I ran into this. Just want to say that the only time I see ants these days are when I see a new growth covered with what looks like a mound of fine dirt and white stuff (aphids?). Aaah, and April is the time of year when things grow and flower, and it's also the time when aphids, mealybugs and other insects love to come out.

    Back to my mound of dirt. If I don't spray it off with a strong spray of water, (Not too strong or you'll break the new growth), the new growth will eventually turn black and die. So this is just an FYI that it's time to monitor your orchids and watch for new growth and their condition. Lots and lots of new growth on my Cattleyas! Yay!

    Another side note: I started purchasing 6" and 8" net pots (EXPENSIVE) But ... my orchids love them. In fact I was about to lose a White Diamond orchid which only had ONE leaf left, transplanted it into a small net pot ... and now it's putting out a new leaf. Fingers and Toes crossed.

    Till Next time ... Aloha All!

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    Have to ask What is expensive? Here a 6"is 85 cents and 8" are $1.

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    LOL Chris! A case of 52 8" Net Pots is $142.85 (Ouch!) PLUS $67.99 for Shipping for a Grand Total of: $210.84. That makes it about $4.05 per pot.
    ... And that's the cheapest I could find on the internet. Too Bad Amazon don't sell the 8" size ... but ...

    The 6 inch pots weren't too bad: A bag of 30 = $25.39 from Amazon.

    Maybe the next time, I'll buy them from you for $2.00 each. But I don't know what shipping would cost you. LOL!

    KG

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    At $2 US each I could probably ship them free and still make a profit.

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