mealy bug control

Dennis Kramb
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:08:16 PST
My experience is nearly the same as Kathleen's.  I haven't had a widespread
problem, and my response upon seeing them has been to dip a Q-tip in
mineral oil and wipe off the offending pests.  It takes multiple
applications or perhaps I have been lucky for catching it early, or for
having a collection of plants that are inherently disinteresting to
mealybugs.  (I have only ever seen them on my indoor Passiflora plants.)

I treat scale the same way.  And likewise, I've never had a widespread
infestation.  Just a few new orchids (or whatever) that came in to my
collection with the pests already on them.

Dennis in Cincinnati

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