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unkown insect on tree trunk
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Hi Wayne King,

I have a problem on unknown insect on tree trunk which I grow my phalaenopsis.

I've attached the photo.

Can you tell me what are they & how to get rid of them?

Nwe Lay

It's a little difficult to tell from your picture.  My best guess is that these are mealy bugs. I would try Safer's insecticidal soap.  Best use is a dunk the entire mount into the soap.  If the tree trunk is attached to the tree, you will need to spray it heavily.  It may take several applications.  IF this Is ineffective you will need to use malathion.


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Wayne King


Any question about orchid culture. I have thirty+ yrs of growing experience,president 2x of our local Orchid Growers Guild,held a position in most all other offices associated with the Guild at one time or another. Head of Orchid judging team for local club meetings and some shows. Member of two Orchid Socities and local Rep.for Mid America Orchid Congress for several yrs.I have in my collection about 800 Orchid plants of all types.


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