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Adamantant
May 3, 2020 12:11 PM CST
Hi All,

I've notice what looks like some sort of pest on the new leaves of my indoor croton. (Please see photos) it is even on the underside of one of the leaves

I am not sure if it is a pest/bug as it starts out as really sticky residue but then appears to form into a small bug. Or the sticky residue and pest might be two separate things, I'm not sure.

Any advice would be much appreciated?

Thanks in advance
Adam
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 3, 2020 12:17 PM CST
Those are mealybugs. They secrete the sticky stuff called honeydew.

Mix a solution of 5 parts water, 1-part alcohol and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, spray all leaf and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet. It is a very messy task, but unless you get complete coverage and make direct contact even with the ones you cannot see, the survivors will reproduce and the infestation will return.




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plantmanager
May 3, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Hello Adam, your plant has mealy bugs. It's lucky you have caught them early. If you can take it outside, just spray them all off with water. If not, you can use Neem, or Safer Soap to kill them. Check your other plants if you have them close to this one.
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Adamantant
May 31, 2020 8:19 AM CST
Thank you a Will and Karen.

Sorry for delayed response. I had the option for it to send me a email when someone replied but I never received an email.

I have hosed it down as advised and hope I got all of them. Thanks again for your advice 👍🏽

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