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What is this sticky stuff???

Hey everyone....I just noticed that a couple of my newly acquired phals (x-mas gifts) have powdery/spongy white specks of stuff under the leaves and the underside is very sticky-gooey to the touch....I wiped off the white specks with a wet paper towel but am concerned that this is something that will spread to my other orhcids.... The plants otherwise look very healthy and the leaves are green and plump -- also in bloom....Thoughts???

UPDATE: I just read some articles and looked at the leaves with a flashlight -- it is mealybugs .....So, now the question is "what is the best way to get rid of these???".....Thx folks!!!!

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If the stuff returns, can you post a picture? Without that, my best guess is it is a residue from insects, such as scale.
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It is not mealy, it is a form of fluffy scale and is in plague proportions here in Adelaide. I use neat methylated spirits, not sure what it is called in the States (?wood alcohol), but it is a strong neat alcohol liquid(non drinking) and rub it on the leaves with a soaked cloth.

This is the only way I know of getting rid of it. I found that it is mainly on Cattleas but has also infested my Phallies. The adults are very tiny white things that fly, so I would suggest getting a scale spray and really spray your plants well.

The way I find it is that the leaves have pale spots on the top, but,when you check the underside, that is where you find them. I can post images of what to look for.

As I have a lot of Spanish Moss / Grandfathers Beard hanging off Vandas and benches in the warm house, I found that these little buggers are breeding in this and wonderd what the little white thingies were that came off the Vandas when brushing past them, NOW I know !!!!
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post the picture so that it could be easy to tell.
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