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Old 04-06-2018, 05:42 PM
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Rats?

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Recently I have lost a large number of thick large spikes from plants. They are chewed through a few inches up from the base and have basically disappeared. The spikes (two of which were nearly 18 inches long) were chewed and 'taken away' as they couldn't be found.

Could this be rats or mice? I can't imagine anything else.

I haven't seen any but I am guessing I have lost a year of growth to vermin..........(they are grown outside by the way).

So what sort of product would you use to get rid of them?
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Hi Bolero, my outdoor phal were chewed too on leaves and new growth spike. I can't find the culprits . It could be grasshopper, mice,cockroach or spider mite. Mine had mealy bugs too, it's frustrating.

I moved them indoor treating with alcohol and teabag.
They still remain indoor.
I think my neighbours weed seemed to cause alot of problem to my orchids. They remain indoor now. I really don't know what I'm doing so I'm not in the position to even give advise. Here is what I know if I were to treat them with alcohol mix ration1-1 or other pesticide like neem oil, I need to get them away from alot of sunlight.

Indoor has pest as well, spreading baking powder, neem oil surrounding orchid pots would hinder insects I hope.

I know Phal are hardy, they will work hard on survival or even putting out a new growth before dying.
If I failed all of them, that's it for me. I have surrender to a mindset that my house and neighbours environment are not suitable to growing orchid.

Here are some natural pest or insects control to apply surround orchid pots:
Baking powder, neem oil, screwpine solution, lemongrass solution, insect bait
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Thank you!

Because of the size of the spike and the fact they disappear completely it's probably something larger.

Last night I lost a Laelia Anceps spike.........it has one left. Lost so many big spikes this year already so it's ruining my late Autumn/Early winter flowerings completely.

What I did though last night was put two rodent baits near where they had taken spikes previously. Both baits are completely gone, not on the ground..........not anywhere. So I am hopeful they took them back to the nests and I won't see them again. I will put out some baits again tonight and see what happens.
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We recently had an infestation of rats from my neighbour's place, this did the trick.
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Rat or could be a Cat too.
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Old 04-08-2018, 04:34 AM
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We recently had an infestation of rats from my neighbour's place, this did the trick.
Thanks, I have something very similar.

The rodents took the baits back to their nest. Someone mentioned they might store them and not eat them unless food becomes scarce. So I have put two out and tied them to the bench so the little nasties can't hide them.

If it's a cat I feel sorry for the neighbours who own it.

The plants are being chewed on a very high wire mesh, I suspect it may not be a cat doing it.
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These baits are taken, and you put them out every day until they don't get taken.

I found 4 dead rats around the place, but it took about 3 weeks.
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These baits are taken, and you put them out every day until they don't get taken.

I found 4 dead rats around the place, but it took about 3 weeks.
Ah ok, good to know. I better get some more on my way home from work.

Can't afford to lose anymore spikes.
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I have found this stuff better than Ratsack.
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Ok, I have to get more as they keep taking it (even though tied and nailed down) which means they are still alive. So I will get that one and see if it speeds up the process.

Need to get more today on my way home from work.

Thanks Anton! Never had this problem before. So many lost spikes.
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DON'T nail it down, let them take it, that's the idea behind this bait.

I used to put it on the rails of the fence dividing my place with the neighbours, and following their directions, put 5 blocks a night.

All blocks disappeared every night, and this occurred for at least 2 weeks, hence me buying the big box of Big Cheese. Once the pieces stop disappearing, it is just a "wait and see" how many bodies you find.

They take them back to the nest to feed themselves and any offspring, so, you can see why you need to let them take the blocks.

I now have quite a few blocks left in the big box I have, but, will have it on hand "just in case". With the neighbours I have on both sides, I think it is only a matter of time before I need to bait again.

Good luck.
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A few days ago, we witnessed spider mites feeding on our orchids in numbers. A sign of trouble! As an instant response, we washed the plants thoroughly and wiped out every leaf. Orchid pests infestation generally does not require a professional assistance, but we are planning to consult a professional to take the recommendation about the use of chemical spray or any other DIY methods that may help.
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Had the same issue. Something was chewing the edges. My friend told me that they could be grasshopper bites so I just used an insect spray.
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