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Mealybugs are a fairly common pest of orchids, especially Phalaenopsis. At first glance it looks as though the
plant has some sort of cottony white fluffy mass on its leaves. Closer examination reveals a wingless insect
that is feeding on the plant's tissue. They can seemingly appear out of nowhere and quickly spread across an
entire plant or set of plants. They like to hide in crevices and under leaves so by the time we see them on top
of the leaves of a plant it is likely they are already fairly well established. Taking a look under the leaves
usually reveals powdery clumps of them as well as a few individuals.
Mealybugs need to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Once established, they become harder to eliminate. They
can be quite active and quickly infest nearby plants, so the first action is to isolate the affected plant and
keep a keen eye on others that were near it. Our GET OFF ME!
Natural Pest Control Spray is highly effective against Mealybugs. GET OFF ME! spray is a natural water based
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rubbing alcohol to your GET OFF ME! in a 50/50 mixture in your spray bottle and the cinnamon stick will infuse
the alcohol as well. Treat effected plants every 10-14 days paying particular attention to crevices and the
undersides of leaves.
Repot the orchid as soon as practical after an infestation has been eliminated
as it is likely the critters have moved underground to feast on the roots as well. Treating the top of the
orchid without repotting is generally insufficient. Make sure to use a fresh, top quality
orchid mix and not the kind that has been sitting around, outdoors, at a home improvement store.
Mealybugs, in addition to other pests and pathogens, can be introduced into an orchid collection with the
of a new plant. As a best practice, keep new acquisitions isolated until you are confident that they don't have
any unwelcome pests or diseases.
Finally, keeping plants clean, with organic solutions such as our WASH ME! Natural Leaf Cleaner can help to discourage future infestations.
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