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Old 05-17-2018, 10:54 PM
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How long is the process of pest control ?

Can someone help me? It's been months that I kept spraying soap water mixture and sometimes with alcohol. May I know how long is the process going until
I am able to see some improvement on my mini den?
It always looks dried and curly leaves.
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There is no improvement seen.
I caught this spider making web just above the hook hanging the den's pot? It's a kind of spidermite right?
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Soap and water will control only the live insects doused with the soap. It does nothing for long-term control. If there are insects in hiding, or eggs, the bugs will always come back.

If you want long-term control, use a systemic, like acephate or imidacloprid.
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Soap and water will control only the live insects doused with the soap. It does nothing for long-term control. If there are insects in hiding, or eggs, the bugs will always come back.

If you want long-term control, use a systemic, like acephate or imidacloprid.
Thank you Catt Mandu, can I know where can I purchase it?
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I use systemics only to control things long term. I know they aren't great for people's health but your method can only do so much in the long term. Systemics are harsh but worth the effort.
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I treat every 2 weeks for 6 weeks to kill the adults, then juveniles and hatchlings. Pests life cycle is generally short, so this initial treatment should get rid of the above. After this initial treatment, I then treat 4 weeks after the last treatment above, and a final treatment 4 weeks later. That should get rid of them and any eggs that are late to hatch. You SHOULD be pest free after that. and not have to worry about treating for at least 12 months, if ever, that has been my experience.
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Thanks for the valuable tips @Bolero and @Anton.
Took me awhile to search what's systemic treatment.
I will see what I can find in my local nursery.
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Systemic treatments are absorbed by the plant so that when pests try eating the leaves, they ingest the poison and good night pests. Also systemic poisons stay in the plants for a while giving long term protection.
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Onc, the things you are using will only show you results in a short time and then again it would be back. There are many helpful do it yourself tips mentioned here, but some tips mentioned can harm people's health. I personally feel that health is more important than any other thing. So if you want a permanent solution that will also be eco-friendly then you should hire
services that can help you get rid of your problem in a fast and effective way.

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Systemic treatments are absorbed by the plant so that when pests try eating the leaves, they ingest the poison and good night pests. Also systemic poisons stay in the plants for a while giving long term protection.
Thank you Anton, now I get the idea of it.
I used natural Neem pesticides now. I don't know how long before the pest going to come back next round so I use it on weekly basis.
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Onc, the things you are using will only show you results in a short time and then again it would be back. There are many helpful do it yourself tips mentioned here, but some tips mentioned can harm people's health. I personally feel that health is more important than any other thing. So if you want a permanent solution that will also be eco-friendly then you should hire some professional services that can help you get rid of your problem in a fast and effective way.
Thank you JosephLopez, it seems to be ok for now. I will keep observing it while neglect it at some point if you know what I mean. The more I care for my orchids, I will kill them (over water, over exposure sunlight, over fertilize). Those that I neglected do well.
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Availability of systemic insect controls probably depends on regulations in your country.

I know acephate is a systemic and is used on orchids, but I don't know it's toxicity to mammals.

Imidacloprid is a "neonicotinoid" insecticide. It is relatively safe for mammals (in the United States it is used to control fleas on pet dogs, in concentrations hundreds of times stronger than are used on plants). Like all insecticides, it is harmful to insects, including bees. I feel confident using it because the tropical pollinators that would visit my orchids in nature don't live in my warm-temperate climate.
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http://extension.msstate.edu/sites/d...005/bw0905.pdf

I do not know if you got rid of spider mites but Imidacloprid will not kill spider mites.

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