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seaj 01-24-2021 09:22 PM

Tiny red bugs on my orchids
 
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Hello!

I have a small collection of orchids that are all suffering from some kind of infestation. Theyíre all still growing, and even blooming, but Iím sure that theyíre suffering from all of the damage I see in the leaves. I also have a large collection of African violets, but none of them seem to be suffering, so Iíve put off treating my orchids.

Here are some pictures of some of the bugs I took on a miltoniopsis flower.

Any idea on what these could be? Thanks!

aliceinwl 01-24-2021 10:31 PM

Looks like spider mites. Iíve only had to deal with infestations on a few newly acquired plants. I used an insecticidal soap. They have about a five to seven day lifecycle and the soap wonít kill the eggs. I think it took me about 6 weeks worth of weekly treatments to eliminate mine.

seaj 01-24-2021 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by aliceinwl (Post 948262)
Looks like spider mites. Iíve only had to deal with infestations on a few newly acquired plants. I used an insecticidal soap. They have about a five to seven day lifecycle and the soap wonít kill the eggs. I think it took me about 6 weeks worth of weekly treatments to eliminate mine.

Thanks for identification. The damage theyíve done to the leaves does match up with other peopleís pictures. I just wanted some input from other growers. Trouble is, that I also have about 400 African violets, lol. I might have to save a leaf from each variety, treat all of my other plants, and just regrow each plant.

aliceinwl 01-25-2021 12:34 AM

There are also systemic pesticide options that might be a better option for a large collection. I donít have experience with them, but if someone doesnít chime in on this thread, you can probably use the search to turn up relevant threads.

Good luck!


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