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Dark critters in orchid pot

This is a discussion on Dark critters in orchid pot within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Greetings, I've been trying to get rid of these little dark critters. I am not ...

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    Greetings,

    I've been trying to get rid of these little dark critters. I am not sure what it is, it is black, shiny and moving slowly. It seems to appear on orchid roots and pots with more moisture. Ive been soaking insecticides to kill them and it came back after few days. Maybe i didnt totally kill them when i soak them in insecticides.

    Any idea what is it so that i can google and kill them once and for all.

    Or maybe i should soak it in insecticide few day once until it is completely gone...
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    Not able to make out what it is. Immerse the pot in water for 5-10 minutes and allow it to dry. most often the critters should die.

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    It's REALLY hard to say what they are - especially as you're in an entirely different part of the world from me - but it is vaguely reminiscent of psocids (bark lice) that live in moist environments and eat molds and fungi.

    They are not supposed to be damaging to plants, but if you want to get rid of them, and any insect, for that matter, as a general rule, the entire plant and medium should be treated three times at one-week intervals. Should pests return, switch to a pesticide with a different mode-of-action, to avoid the development of resistant strains, and repeat the process. I have a PDF guide to pesticide MOA's on my website.

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    Hi All,

    Noted. I will apply pesticides more frequently.

    Thank you very much.

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    Apply them when you need them. Do NOT apply them as a preventive measure.

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