Plumeria forum: Plumeria under attack! Help!

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
May 27, 2016 2:07 PM CST
Hi all,
I just went out to water, and noticed that this Plumie is being attacked. Although I do see a fine little "lady" there also. I was thinking about a Q-tip, and rubbing alcohol...Good idea? Or see what this little "lady" can do? She seemed to be avoiding the large mass, but going to each of the other leaves, and stem.

Y'alls opinions, and ideas are very much appreciated.
This is my 1st year having the Plumerias, and I hate the thought of losing them. Help!
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
May 27, 2016 2:44 PM CST

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That could be mealy bugs or spider mites. I would not use rubbing alcohol, especially not on the green tips and in the sunlight, it could hurt your plant. Start with a strong jet of water and see if that clears out what is on there; if not you may need to resort to an insecticide. It's best to apply that in the evening after the sun is down.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
May 27, 2016 2:54 PM CST
Thanks Hetty. I'll try the strong jet of water once I see the lady has gone. Really hate the thought of an insecticide. But if it comes to that, I'll heed your instructions on the 'cide'. After the suns down.

Thank You!

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