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A big Hello to all you orchid growers!!! I am new to the website and new to orchid growing as well. My big question is spraying orchids with alcohol as a pest control. My eyesite is poor and it is difficult to see tiny bugs even with magnifying glass. Can I just routinely spray my orchids? If so how often? Do you coat the leaves or just the base of the plants? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Howdy, and welcome to the OB, Heather!

I personally don't know about a regular, preventative application of rubbing alcohol. I have, however, successfully used a recipe of rubbing alcohol, Ivory dish soap, and warm water in a spray bottle to battle some false spider mites and mealybugs.

While you wait for others' responses, try this link to a past thread: general pest erradication

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To get rid of pests, I use a 50/50 mix of alcohol and 409 Cleaner but I don't think it would be a good idea to use it as a preventative spray.

Add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid to some water in a sprayer and use that. A good thing to have available to see the tiny little annoying pests we sometimes encounter is a magnifying glass, it comes in very handy
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hi Heather! welcome

I haven't tried alcohol to control/rid of pests but I have read through the forums about its use.
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To get rid of pests, I use a 50/50 mix of alcohol and 409 Cleaner but I don't think it would be a good idea to use it as a preventative spray.

Add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid to some water in a sprayer and use that. A good thing to have available to see the tiny little annoying pests we sometimes encounter is a magnifying glass, it comes in very handy
Do you still use listerine?
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Do you still use listerine?
Yes, the Listerine is more of an antiseptic. I use the above mix for bugs
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Hello Heather and welcome to Orchid Board I've never used alcohol on my 'chids, so can't give any input there. I use Safer's Soap when I do notice buggies, but I don't really have a preventative that I use regularly. I just try to keep things clean and give everyone a good inspection about weekly.
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Welcome aboard!

I'm a little unorthodox in my orchid care if you compare me to most others, and novice to boot, but I do use alcohol just not as a stand alone product.

I found a formula using it and I've had success with it. In a pint spray bottle I put about 10 - 15 drops of dish soap, about a 1/4 cup of alcohol and about 1 table spoon of cinnamon extract. If you can't find the extract then I use cinnamon powder*, Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.

There are many variation of this formula around, this is the one I use and it doesn't have to be so exact.

*If you use the cinnamon powder, make sure you keep it shaken so you do not clog the sprayer. I also try to keep the spray to a minimum from any roots, I read that cinnamon acts as a drying agent, but it burns the bugs mouths and they leave your plant/s.

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