Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

!*&!! Bugs - ID assistance required

This is a discussion on !*&!! Bugs - ID assistance required within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi there Just decided to the the watering of every plant I own in the ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Kerry's Avatar
    Kerry is offline Too much to learn, let alone re-member!
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phals, Vandas, Catts, Paphs
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    South West London
    Posts
    1,318
    Member's Country Flag

    Angry !*&!! Bugs - ID assistance required

    Hi there

    Just decided to the the watering of every plant I own in the house after holiday (very lax, I should have started 5 minutes after I walked in the door on Thursday) anyway, I have an evil bug creature.

    I'm not sure what it is, as it doesn't look very much like any of the bug pictures I have tracked down on the forum. So I was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is. that way I know how to treat the plant. (Other than spraying like mad with anti-every-bug-under-the-sun spray)

    Anyway, an ID would be helpful. For scale, the body of El Buggio is about 0.5 cm long.

    It also led me to another thought - would it be worth having a sticky thread giving useful pictures of common bugs and/ or symptons of them for those micro- non-discernible to the human eye jobbies to allow those ever so helpful people that we inexperienced people tend to worship (ok - I am laying it on with a trowel) get on with their lives a bit more rather than responding to people like me who ask panic stricken "What the hell is this thing?" questions?

    I am off to go back to glaring at the bug thing - of which I am trying very hard not to find more as currently I am hoping really daftly that there is only one of these things on my plant and now that I have got it, I won't have any more problems......
    Attached Images Attached Images   

  2. #2
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    You have an alien. J/K

    You have a big o' mealy bug. Any insect spray will kill these guys, but you have to get it on them. They hide under the leaves, in dry sheaths, on the blooms, everywhere.

    Cheers,
    BD

  3. #3
    Kerry's Avatar
    Kerry is offline Too much to learn, let alone re-member!
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phals, Vandas, Catts, Paphs
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    South West London
    Posts
    1,318
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Bu**er! Am I allowed to swear? Now at least I can go look up whether or not mealy bugs create web like stringy bits, which is what I have across the top of the bark - I just thought a spider had taken up residence. I wonder if spiders eat mealy bugs?? hmmmm....

    Thanks BD

  4. #4
    magooba is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    128

    Default

    Hi Kerry, these can be very difficult to control due to their thick cuticles preventing the poison from getting to them. A little detergent with the spray (malathion, diazinon) should help it stick, but i don't know if Orchids are sensitive to it... A systemic chemical may be used e.g. aldicarb. For cultural control, Ladybugs are brilliant as they eat aphids. The one recomended for mealy bug is Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, but I'm sure normal ladybugs would make a meal of them too !! Lady bugs are actually farmed now and are available mail order ! J

  5. #5
    Kerry's Avatar
    Kerry is offline Too much to learn, let alone re-member!
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phals, Vandas, Catts, Paphs
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    South West London
    Posts
    1,318
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Well I have the choice of a couple of ladybirds from the garden that I could hopefully co-opt into killing the mealy bugs for me - although bizarrely this so far has been the only one I have ever seen. I have had the plant since March, and when I got it it was all buds and no blooms. It's one of the couple that I have yet to repot, I kind of was putting it off as it is so tight in the pot, and the plant is huge (about 1 metre) and I love the big pink flowers but think that it might be hard to control of the kitchen floor without spikes breaking all over the place. I think I have no choice now as if there are bugs they must be in the bark.

    Unless of course my mother brought it over whilst she was feeding the cats for me - her phals have a huge infestation that she has told me about, and she has been spraying (hopefully) regularly.

  6. #6
    Mehera's Avatar
    Mehera is offline Just Another Senior Moment
    Real Name
    Lynda
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    phals, paphs, oncs
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Naples, FL
    Posts
    1,700
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Mealies are like a plague; especially on phals. It is a continual war against them at my house. I think I've got them beat and they pop up again. They really like to appear after you have been gone a few days. Watch for sticky spots on your foliage as a clue to search for them. I remove the ones I can see by hand and then spray the plant. Don't let plant leaves touch or let parts of another plant sit under a plant you've been treating, because they do spread from one to another readily.

  7. #7
    pavel's Avatar
    pavel is offline change is the only constant
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    whatever will bloom
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    8,643
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Definitely a mealy. You might also try spraying with neem oil

  8. #8
    Jmoney's Avatar
    Jmoney is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    paphs, phrags, catts, vandas
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    West Hartford, CT
    Posts
    2,978
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    small infestations can be dealt with by a little rubbing alcohol, but if you see a bunch on the plants, I would spray. if you're on a windowsill you are somewhat limited. the oils will work, either neem or a standard insecticidal oil (recipes are all over the web)--just make sure you put the plants in low light after oils. the hormone enstar seems pretty safe and will knock mealies and scale dead--I've used it with good effect, although it is very very expensive. just got this orange guard stuff, which is fairly oily. used it once prophylactically since I saw a few scale last winter.

  9. #9
    Gin's Avatar
    Gin
    Gin is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    All types
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    4,831
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    A box store not the orange one has a spray in a Blue bottle made by Bayer it says it kills for 30 days I don't believe it tho.. be sure to stay after the little ^&*& to kill any that hatch . They can get in the roots . Take no prisioners . Gin

  10. #10
    jtlqh's Avatar
    jtlqh is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    569

    Default

    I got mealies last year, and I sprayed with neem oil, probably 2 or 3 applications, never saw them again.

    Qing

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Phalaenopsis assistance needed.
    By Aquarinyoshi in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: July 12th, 2009, 09:18 PM
  2. My new (mini) Catts; names required
    By Phyrex in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: February 3rd, 2008, 06:15 AM
  3. Bugs
    By Gin in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: September 13th, 2005, 12:33 PM
  4. Paph Potting Assistance?
    By Heather in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: June 6th, 2004, 07:37 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.