Help! My orchid has bugs (scales, mealybugs, mites and aphids)! What should I do?
Below is a picture of mealy bugs and scales from a far and up close.
To prevent pests
To TREAT pest
Okay, so you have found really gross little bugs on your orchid! Pests can also be difficult to control indoors. If you have pets or children it can also be disconcerting to use pesticides to control these issues.
Don’t panic! The best defense and offense I have found is GET OFF ME! Pest Control Spray made from cinnamon, applied to the affected areas, which I purchased from www.rePotme.com. This is a safe substance to use indoors.
Here’s what to do;
1. REMOVE YOUR PLANT FROM OTHER PLANTS – you don’t want bugs to move from one plant to another.
2. Wash pests off with water/mild soap solution and pick off bugs.
3. Make a solution of 50% rubbing alcohol/water and dab/rub it on the pests. Or for tricky spots you can use straight rubbing alcohol but dab it after with a paper towel and/or rinse it with water so it’s doesn’t burn the plant when the alcohol evaporates. I recently burned all my leaves by using straight alcohol and not following my own advice.
4. Soaking the entire plant, in water, helps too because the bugs can’t breathe. If you do this then you should repot your orchid to remove all the infected bug area.
Hope that helps,
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