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Old 12-01-2013, 04:06 PM
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Angry Tiny Brown critter

Ok I have 1 orchid that's separated from the rest because it has the tiny tiny brown bugs. They don't have wings and they move pretty slow. I have used Bayer on it and when ever I see them I spray alcohol on them but they just seem to keep coming back.
I have goggled it, searched on here, and also looked through the orchid books that I have........ and I can't find anything on them.
Any suggestions as to what they are or how to get rid of them?
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:48 PM
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Any way you can post a pic?? If you look through a magnifying glass, is there any damage to the surface of the leaves??
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:07 PM
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No pictures they are to tiny, my IPhone camera can't even pick them up.....No Noticeable damage to the plant.
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Here is a picture though you really can't see the little critters.

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Hmmm... Mites??

You could try "The best stuff ever". That usually takes care of things like this.
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I am pretty sure I have those too. Do they come out after watering? I looked it up a couple of years ago and right now I can't remember what they are called but I do remember reading that they feed on decaying matter and don't really harm the plants. When I get a chance I will try to find the name again, then you will know if it is the same thing.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:28 PM
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yeah they do come out when I water come to think of it, they also like to hang out on the new growths.
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Didn't really have time now but I hate when I can't remember something, so I looked it up...Oribatidae Soil Mite. Is that it?
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That's it(well I think it is)!!!!!!!!! Thank you sooo much Carkin!!!!
No how do I kill these little critters?
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You're welcome! Hopefully that is what they are. It was a relief for me when I found out that they weren't some horrible orchid munching plague! I put them in the same category of "alarm" as springtails. If I find them on my plants I squish them but other than that, I view them as part of the ecosystem living inside the pot. If there are too many though it might be a sign that it's time for a re-pot.
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Your right it is time to repot, but waiting until I can get a few of Rays ecoweb stanhopea baskets, along with tons of other stuff lol. All that has to wait till after Christmas though.
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It probably will be okay till then, maybe just keep an eye on it. So far I have never had them do any damage to the plants.
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