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eeeek....bugs!

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    Hi all,

    I'm in the middle of a massive repotting effort. Some new orchids, some that I've had here for a long time that are terribly over potted, etc. Nice way to spend a day....but....

    Just carried one of my NOID dendrobiums into the kitchen and saw two insects. Scale? White, long antennae, flat round bodies. *sigh*

    What the heck do I do now? Should I treat the entire dendrobium growing rack? Also, I have parrots and cats that share the growing room with the orchids, so if there is a non-pesticide way to kill these guys without exposing my birds/cats/people to the chemicals, all the better!

    Back to potting....

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    Hi , sounds like mealie bugs or scale (the crawlers ) Safers insect soap will kill them also Neem Oil but with any contact spray there are sure to be some that are missed so repeted sprayings are neccessary . I have birds too, it was a problem when the plants were in the house .
    If you use Neem be sure the plants are not in the sun until they are dry . There are other sprays I think Diane knows of a couple she also grows in the house . PS# Check all the other plants . I would treat any near the one with the bugs Gin

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    Thanks Gin....will see if I can find either of those products locally and will treat the whole dendrobium rack.

    Six to go and the repotting marathon is finished. LOL

    MtEquine

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    I'd say go with with the Insecticidal soap. It's inexpensive and you can find it at all garden type places. It is not toxic to people or animals (although I wouldn't drink it). Sometimes it takes two treatments, because like Gin said, the little suckers hide. I would spray anything on the same shelf, and the plants (if any) directly below.

    After the buggers are gone for a week or more, then I rinse the leaves to get the soap residue off - - just a personal idiosyncrasy.

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    The box stores have both of the products . If you get the concentrate could mix up enough to dip the plant .. What I use is not safe for use in the house around birds .. Take no prisioners old nuke em Gin

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    Thanks Diane, will pick some up tomorrow and start soaping. *sigh* Bad thing is I've been moving stuff around the past couple weeks. Will just have to keep an eye out.

    I promise not to drink any insecticidal soap....LOL....will stick to wine!

    MtEquine

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