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By bannister
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I presume they are spider mites eggs, because I think I constantly have them.

I've been using Avid for a month now, but occasionally a few will reappear around all my plants. It's so annoying!
Considering the mite is the size of one of these eggs, I wonder how big whatever is laying them is!
I destroyed all the eggs with soap after I took this picture, but it's still annoying to see it.

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By Matt
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Spider mite eggs cannot be seen by the unaided eye. They are extremely tiny, round, orange balls. Those are definitely not spider mite eggs.
bannister wrote:I've been using Avid for a month now, but occasionally a few will reappear around all my plants. It's so annoying!
Are you sure they're spider mites? Normally spider mites can't be seen. The only time I know they're around is when I notice the damage they're causing. Have they damaged your plants?
By bannister
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UGH, more eggs. I don't see any bugs since I destroy all the eggs before they can hatch. Seems to be appear every 3 days, or twice in a day.
I can't seem to destroy the queen, or whatever is laying these. It seems to like my Orchid pot a lot.

By bannister
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Eric Millikin wrote:Looks like maybe some kind of a mold, not insect eggs?

Maybe like this white slime mold:
OMG, that solves a lot of mysteries! This explains a lot. It is in a pot that doesn't get much air circulation, and always smells funny.
I did a neem oil soak the other week, maybe I need to do it again.

Also, now that I have a larger photo, I noticed they do not look like eggs, but tiny mushroom things. Thanks for your help in this!
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By xr280xr
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Ya, it looks like fungus. I've seen similar little spores/fungi at the end of a stem on dead material on top of sphagnum in my seedling tray. Phalaenopsis (that's what you have there, right?) can do well under a wide range of moisture conditions and seem more sensitive to a change in what they're used to than anything, but if you're finding fungus, it may be worth gradually weaning it off to dryer conditions to avoid rot to the plant itself. I grow mine in a bark/charcoal/compressed peat orchid mix and water it once a week and it does great!

By the way, check out this board too:
By KissMegan
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Hey Bannister, I have similar growing in one of my pots. I didn't think too much of it and they haven't done anything for weeks (although) I did spray it with hydrogen peroxide to be safe. I wouldn't worry too much :)
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