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Scale and mealybugs on orchids

I am constantly waging an all-out war on mealy bugs and scale on my orchids. I have 2 dogs and birds and do not like to use heavy duty chemicals so I have tried insectisidal soap and neem oil. I am looking for any other environmentally safe help you can give me. Thanks.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Insecticidal soap and neem oil are the two best solutions for these pests without resorting to more-processed products.

The key to controlling these pests isn't as much what you use --- but how often you use it. I don't know what your attack schedule is, but the place most gardeners go wrong is that they use the product once and then think they've taken care of the problem.

But, the pests reproduce so quickly, that it's actually best to treat your plants once a week for 4 or 5 consecutive weeks. Constant vigilance will help more than just about anything else.

I hope this helps!



---Justin

Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

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