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Question Spiders??

Arghh! Sorry, but I have noticed an increase in spiders ever since I bought my phal. Not spider mite. But they are easily seen by the naked eye, are brown in colour and are always noticed on my orchids. I think that they have hurt the orchid as the leaves are um oozing out tiny clear droplets which tasted like syrup. Help, please.
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Arghh! Sorry, but I have noticed an increase in spiders ever since I bought my phal. Not spider mite. But they are easily seen by the naked eye, are brown in colour and are always noticed on my orchids. I think that they have hurt the orchid as the leaves are um oozing out tiny clear droplets which tasted like syrup. Help, please.
Hi FlowerOrchidLover,
Post a picture. I think the tiny clear droplets are more to do with the growth of the plant and are actually a sign of good health... but then I'm not an orchid expert. Much better with spiders though. They're probably just the little house cobweb spiders that live at the corners of walls. They'll eat the little fruit flies and others that invade your plant. Their fangs are much too small to penetrate skin so you don't have to worry about ever getting bitten which isn't their first line of defense anyway (dropping down is).

Personally, I let spiders keep up residence on all my plants. They keep the pests down to nonexistent.
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I allow spiders to jump around my orchids...a good pest control

Now unless that is a poisonous spider, be careful..you do not want to get their bite.

This spider is a regular in my growcamp..looks very cute up close

I go after the grasshoppers, katydids, snails, slugs...ugh..these are the ones that really makes a meal of the leaves.

Orchids produce dewy sap to attract insects for pollination.
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I let the little buggers stay on the plant. At least I know where they are. But it's also a good natural way to keep aphids and other little monsters from damaging my plants.
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I think the clear sap may be what some here call "happy sap" (see post by Namrirru above).

I'm not aware of any spiders that are harmful to plants. As others suggest, they probably keep other pests away. I get rid of spiders when they cause unsightly web problems, otherwise I leave them alone.
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As long as it is the happy sap..like tears forming..well and good..but if it is like glistening wet trail on the orchid leaves..uh-oh..those not from spiders..it will be from the nasty slugs and snails.
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The sap look like water droplets... should be fine then. Thanks!
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One of my resident spiders just gave birth to a load more the other day. I was so proud.
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Even though I know spiders are beneficial to plants in keeping other critters away, they REALLY give me the heebie jeebies. Don't know if I would be able to handle them being on my plants all the time. What if I touch it when I go to water them!!! EEEK.
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One of my resident spiders just gave birth to a load more the other day. I was so proud.
Prod of the mama spider or the babies? Lol
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One of my resident spiders just gave birth to a load more the other day. I was so proud.

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What if I touch it when I go to water them!!! EEEK.
Sympathetic shudder with you there.




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I am not an orchid experts and don't know also that spiders can get harm into plant. But I guess, it will be better to get rid of spiders. Are those spiders are spider mites? An insecticide wont work for spider mites it will need miticide. I hope this will help you.
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funny ..I put spiders ON my plants..orchids plumeria anything I have growing..if I see spiders I go out of my way to put them on my plants..keeps the harmful bugs away..au natural is the only way when it comes to bug control
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Julius, just FYI, spiders don't harm plants, but they may control some types of insects.
I prefer to leave them alone unless their web-building becomes too unsightly.
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