Q.what are the strange white bugs in orchids?
My house plants became infected with a strange white fuzzy bug after an orchid that was given to me had died. The orchid also had the bug. I’m not even sure it was a bug or some kind of mold or fungus.
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It sounds like mealybugs. This article should help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm
At any rate, neem oil can be used to treat the plant, regardless of the pest. Here is additional information that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
Carefully spray the entire plant, top side and bottom side with a solution of liquid Ivory soap and water. Leave it for the day. After the sun goes down, repeat the process. You can use a bar of Ivory soap to cover thick stems. The next day, repeat the entire process, beginning with removing adults and spraying off the plant thoroughly, and applying soapy mixture twice.
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