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Scale are piercing, sucking insects that are difficult to control as the reproducing females are covered by a protective shell which also protects her eggs.
To remove scale, use a small toothbrush or cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol (known as isopropyl alcohol) to remove the pests. Do not use other forms of alcohol.
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Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that are generally pear-shaped and green or black in color. They reproduce rapidly and are most often seen on flower buds/spikes and new growth. They produce honeydew which can encourage the growth of a black fungus known as sooty mold which is often a telltale sign of aphid infestation.
To remove aphids, use a small toothbrush or cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol (known as isopropyl alcohol) to remove the pests. Do not use other forms of alcohol.
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Sometimes confused with scale, mealybugs are a soft-bodied insect that are readily identified at the mature stage as white to greyish-white and cotton-like. They are often found in the same areas as scale and can do substantial damage if not dealt with immediately.
To remove mealybugs, use a small toothbrush or cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol (known as isopropyl alcohol) to remove the pests. Do not use other forms of alcohol.
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These are very small, elongated insects that are most prevalent on flowers and buds. Often, their presence is not recognized until the damage from their feeding is obvious. Their sucking of plant juices can cause deforming of buds, flowers, and new growth as well as browning on the margins of flowers
To get rid of thrips, purchase a pesticide. However, the plant should be inspected again every week and the procedure repeated until no infestation is visible. Two repeat applications at weekly intervals are necessary to control successive generations.
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Mites are microscopic, and their presence is often not known until the damage is very evident. They often attack the undersides of leaves leaving areas that look slivery and pitted.
To get rid of mites, it is important to note that mites are not insects! So, most insecticides are not effective against mites. You must purchase a pesticide that is specifically labeled as a miticidefor use against this pest. For small infestations in the home, wiping the infested areas with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol can be effective.
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Grasshoppers, especially Lubbers, can do significant damage to your orchid in a very short period of time. Lubbers are usually 1” to 3” long and can vary in color from yellow to black depending on the Lubber species and stage of growth.
These are best controlled immediately by hand, pruners or shoe/boot.
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