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arrrgh, mealybugs!!

This is a discussion on arrrgh, mealybugs!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I just noticed today that my latest acquisition, Mtssa. Kuaia's Choice, has mealybugs. Thank ...

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    Default arrrgh, mealybugs!!

    So I just noticed today that my latest acquisition, Mtssa. Kuaia's Choice, has mealybugs. Thank god that the plant is still in isolation, so I don't think they have spread to my others. So, I was just wondering what those of you that have encountered them before have used. Below is a link to a page with several products, has anyone used any of these?

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    Any suggestions, please let me know.

    Thanks

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    Geoffrey, just use malathion on those buggers! Spray and run through the medium. Repeat once every two weeks. You don't want even one of those critters catching hold. They spread very fast.

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    Not asking where the plant is from, can't you return it for an unbugged replacement? It doesn't seem fair that you have to put all the others at risk.

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    I hate em !
    I would go for a systemic available from the box stores in a blue bottle pre. mixed enough for one plant .
    If treating a lot of plants one with the same ingredient in a blue bottle labeled for tree and shrub 1 teas. to a gal or water .I also spray the top of the plant with The soap spray to kill ones already on the plant it takes awhile for the systemic to enter the plants system . Once a week for 3 weeks .
    Malathion works well but I can't use it . Gives me a blaster headache .. take no prisoners .... Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    I hate em !
    I would go for a systemic available from the box stores in a blue bottle pre. mixed enough for one plant .
    If treating a lot of plants one with the same ingredient in a blue bottle labeled for tree and shrub 1 teas. to a gal or water .I also spray the top of the plant with The soap spray to kill ones already on the plant it takes awhile for the systemic to enter the plants system . Once a week for 3 weeks .
    Malathion works well but I can't use it . Gives me a blaster headache .. take no prisoners .... Gin
    LOL. I mix a cap full of malathion and a cap of systemic each time I spray. I also turn on both exhaust fans.

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    The Madeira mealybug is a mealybug that has become important during the last couple years because it is very resistant to insecticides. It has two stripes on the back, short waxy filaments around the body, absence of long tails and the absence of a single dark stripe down the center of the body. They say that Orthene, Talstar, oil, and Enstar have been the most effective against Madeira mealybug. For the other types, it is recommended that one uses high volume wet sprays to penetrate the waxy coating protecting the mealybugs. Commercial growers are encouraged to destroy the infested plants rather than try to treat them.

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