something has begun to eat my orchid flowers can i spray with a mitacide ?


Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners.

We understand that it is very distressing to watch a beloved orchid being devastated by pests. However, it is not legal to use certain insecticides for cosmetic purposes in Ontario. Please get a more definite identification of the pest before you resort to chemicals. We encourage you to write back to us with a photograph of your plant with a clear view of the pests, or with a detailed description of the pest symptoms; then we can properly advise you on the best course of action.

Meanwhile, here is a comprehensive previous answer that can help you identify and treat two common orchid pests (mealybug and spider mites); it also includes a link to the American Orchid Society’s page on orchid pest and diseases.