White Soft Cotton Like Bugs On Indoor Plant. - Knowledgebase Question

Karachi, In
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Question by hotestali
April 19, 2001
I have just noticed that on the back side of my favorite plane(indoor)their are some cotton like soft bugs which leaves cotton like something behind them.i couldn't distinguish them whether what they are?please guide so that iwill save my favorite plant?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2001
Sounds suspiciously like mealy bugs have attacked your plant. Mealy bugs are sucking insects that attach themselves firmly to the stems and leaves of plants. That's why the area is a lighter green when you remove the insect. Usually they can be controlled by wiping them off with a damp Q-Tip. If infestation is more severe, you can dip the Q-tip into rubbing alcohol and wipe off all affected areas of your plant. Then wash the plant in a mild solution of soapy water (a gentle soap such as Ivory dish liquid works well). Rinse all of the soap off. There are also insecticides formulated especially for houseplants. Be sure to read and follow the label directions. Mealy bugs will travel so keep a close eye on all your other houseplants for any signs of infestation.

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