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Mealy Bug Control

Postby Marcus » Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:20 pm

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Climate Zone: zone 7 or 8
I have a greenhouse full of tropicals and palm seedlings, I have noticed the mealy bug present on a number of these plants. Has anyone had success with any new products that would control this ? I have in the past used the insectacidal soaps, but with little or no good results.

Re: Mealy Bug Control

Postby Thestales » Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:47 pm

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Location: The Quimper Peninsula
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hot pepper wax controls them to some extent. I find a good heavy spray of water followed by mineral oil/pepper spray usually keeps them at bay. Be prepared to do it once a week until the infestation clears. Mealy bug was the bane of my existence when I worked for an interior plant maintenance company. I still have some on my cyathea cooperi that I am fighting. They also seem to detest my coffee grounds that I toss on the ground. Coffee also deters scale.

Re: Mealy Bug Control

Postby Las Palmas Norte » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:58 pm

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Interesting about the coffee grounds and scale. My citrus are often plagued by scale and this is one I'll try next year. Thanks!

Cheers, Barrie.

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