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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Attack of the Mealybugs

I thought we were done with doctor or tests until the new year but oh no. Mom had a PET scan today so ended up being again an all day thing so no sewing for today.

I decided when I got home I would take care of the pest I found on one of my newest houseplants.


Last month I took a fun workshop on making up a container planting.



In the planter is a beautiful orchid, very small ponytail plant, variegated ivy and a prayer plant.


Well I noticed that the prayer plant had spots of white on the stems, leaves and any little cranny.


Foliar Mealybugs are what the white fuzzy spots are. 

Bad but not too bad.

When your plant is not to infested, you can deal with killing the pest with rubbing alcohol.


Take Q-Tips soaked in alcohol and touch each of the white cottony spot.


Nasty little things, they can suck the life out of your plant.
I need to follow up with an insecticidal spray like Neem oil, but I'm not sure if I still have some. If not, need to get some.

Now if your plant has a severe infestation you'll need to use a systemic insecticide. This chemical is applied to the potting medium and is taken up into the plant. The when the bugs suck the juice of the plant, it's poisonous and they die..

Hope this helps you the next time you do come across this pest on your plants.


3 comments:

  1. sorry your mom is still having medical problems it can be very stressfull

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  2. I don't think I have ever come across this type of bug, thank goodness. Hope all goes well with your Mum.

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  3. You had a busy and productive month. I've been binge reading blogs since I'm so far behind. I love your diamond hexie project, that gray you picked is perfect. You've done so well on the blog challenge too. Hope your Mom is about done with tests for the year. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season with family and hopefully with a little stitching thrown in too.

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