Orchid is the most favorite houseplants around the world. Since plant an orchid is not hard and easy indeed, people love to grow the orchid in their home. Although it is easy to grow, you have to take higher attention when you were growing the orchid. You have to learn, how to grow the orchids in your home there for pest exists in the orchid. When you plant the orchid correctly, sometimes orchid pest is coming from everywhere. If you found and notice that there are pests on your orchids, the first step that you have to do is identify correctly. Well, this article will inform you the pests that presence on you orchid. To continue the information, let’s see the below.
How to treat the orchid pest
When you see the pests on your orchid, you want to eradicate them, immediately right. Well, hold on to what you will do. Wrong treatment for the parasite will also endanger the plant. You want to keep the orchid right. If you found the pests, you should identify the pest correctly. Although there is an available orchid insecticide, if it not suitable, the pest will still live on the orchids. You should treat the orchid pests properly such as for ten days and three times treatment per day. It is because the eggs of the pests sometimes resistant to the treatment. Let’s see the five common orchid pest
1. Aphids on orchids
This pest is present in variant color such as black, red, yellow, pink green and other colors. They found the succulent growth like flower buds. To eradicate the aphids, you can use soap and water. Mix the soap and water, and put it into the sponge or the spray. And then, spray it. Do not forget to spray on the back of the leaf because many eggs are hiding on the orchid
2. Mealybugs orchids
Mealybugs is one of the pests that presence on the orchid. In fact, the location of mealybugs seems like aphids, but the treatment is different. Mealybugs found in buds, stems, growing tips or sometimes on the roots. To eradicate this type of pest, you could spray neem oil for 14 days and spray it three times per day. Or, in line with the condition on your orchid.
Thrips are the pests that have minuscule. Trhips is one of the bugs on orchids. When you want to see, if there are thrips on your orchid, you should use the magnifying glass because it is hard to see the thrips with a naked eye. You could identify with the orchid first, if you see any light streaks or stippling on the leaves, it signs that thrips exist on your orchid. To eradicate them, you need to use blue sticky traps. It needs to monitoring adult populations.
4. Orchid scale
The scales found on the undersides of the orchid’s leaf. It is near with the middle vein of the leaf. Or, sometimes they found on the flower stems and root. Scale is has a identic shave which is has a shell as an armor to protect their body. To eradicate this kind of orchid pest, you need d-limonene. It used for kill the larvae. And it will control the scale population
5. Orchid spider mites
This type of parasite has a tiny shape, and their moving is fast. You will see this parasite when the conditions are dry and hot, signed with specks of red “dots.” In the danger infestations, there will be webbing on the leaves. It will spoil the leaves because they greedily eat the leaves. To control and eradicate the spider mites, first, you need to remove the infected parts immediately. Second, you need to wash and wipe the plant regularly. The third step is, use the plant based miticides such as pyrethrum, cinnamate, Neem oil or rosemary oil. And then, water the plant outdoor. The last but not the least, you can make a homemade herbal tea to avoid the spider.
Well, how was it, everyone? It seems practical solution right. With identify the orchid pests first, then you can consider what the best option for the pest. Although it is a houseplant, you have often brought your orchids outside and caught by the light of the sun everyone. Plant an orchid is not complicated as it seems, but you still need to meticulous and put great attentions on your plant. Happy planting everyone!