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Mealybugs

Discussion in 'Live Plants' started by katgrogan, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. katgrogan

    katgrogan Arachnopeon

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    Anyone ever deal with these pests? Woke up to my portulacaria afra variegata having about six adults on it. Found some small ones roaming in the soil too. I don't want this to turn into an infestation.. Help?

    This is my first time dealing with any plant parasite, and this is my favorite plant, I don't want it to die!
     
  2. Louise E. Rothstein

    Louise E. Rothstein Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    Would a jumping spider jump on them if it was caged with the plant's infestation?

    Would encaged ladybugs develop unladylike appetites?

    And are there local "assassin bugs?"
     
  3. BQC123

    BQC123 Arachnobaron

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    I usually have had these in conjunction with scales. Mealybugs were easier (for me) to eliminate. I usually resorted to removing any I could see, and completely wiping the plant down with rubbing alcohol.
     
  4. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Mealy bugs can are an absolute nightmare. If you've found six, I guarantee there are more. Although I don't like resorting to pesticides, I've had some success with systemics (try Bonide houseplant insect control) in eliminating mealy bug infestations from my Hoyas and Crassulas. The unfortunate truth is, I've never had any success in eliminating mealy bugs by other means. The breed quickly and many plants afford them too many hiding places.
     
  5. Louise E. Rothstein

    Louise E. Rothstein Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    You might do better with a firm that specializes in "Biocontrol" or in "Biotrol" as it is sometimes called.

    These are not the giant corporations that have ads up everywhere...
    they are relatively esoteric outfits that are not as easy to find...but they CAN be found over the Internet.

    They breed both predators and parasites for bug pests that include mealybugs and scales.

    Perhaps googling "Biocontrol" would help you to locate them.
     
  6. katgrogan

    katgrogan Arachnopeon

    Thanks for the advice. Yeah, been finding one or two big females every week or two, so I know there are more. I'll try out those products carefully and see if they help!
     
  7. Tenodera

    Tenodera Arachnobaron

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    I had a small infestation on my Adenium. I hand-picked most of them that I could find, and left the plant outside so coccinellids/lacewings could get to it. Most of them were eliminated but I had to bring the plant in for a couple of cold weeks and they re-multiplied... But I think low populations could be destroyed this way.
     
  8. Arachninja

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    With many insects for safe non toxic and organic pest control use diatomacious earth also called diatom powder, it is safe enough to coat dogs with, and is easily obtained and works well on many insects all the way up to grasshoppers. Especially something small like mealy bugs, and scale, both of which are pains. Plus it wont leave any residue to hurt your tarantulas once you wash it off.
     
  9. Louise E. Rothstein

    Louise E. Rothstein Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    Diatomaceous earth has to contact the insects to become effective...Would insects that STAY upon upright stems contact enough of it to be deterred...?
     
  10. Bigboy

    Bigboy Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Soapy water, malathion, drowning or fire. Fire was no joke either, you do not want to see what happens after mealybugs go unnoticed in a large collection for too long.
     
  11. SuperMommy

    SuperMommy Arachnopeon

    I use rubbing alcohol with q-tips.