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Old 03-21-2013, 05:47 PM
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Treating Scale on my Cattleya?

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I am new to the forum and live in South Florida. I am having a terrible time with scale on my cattleya's. I have been taking an old toothbrush and scrubbing off the scale and spraying with rubbing alcohol. I have also been peeling back the tissue paper like covering on the pseudobulbs. Very time consuming as I have some large orchids. Does anyone have a suggestion of what to use to prevent scale? Can I just spray with insecticide soap? I don't like to use harsh chemicals so looking for something I can use to help prevent scale. Also, should I wait to repot until I treat the scale??
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Hello, Schoepp, and welcome! Scale is a bummer, isn't it!!! The only way to actually prevent scale, or anything else, as far as I know, is to use a systemic. Bayer 3-in-1 systemic preparations are effective and safe for orchids. As far as repotting, I would go ahead and do it, hoping that fresh medium and a good cleaning would also help eliminate the bugs.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:19 PM
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Thanks I will go ahead and repot the orchid that has scale. Thanks for the information I will look for the Bayer product at my home and garden store.
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