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Name: Samira
May 13, 2020 8:49 AM CST

I have posted before about my dracaena that is turning yellow and I found some mealybugs on it. I have already sprayed several times, now I found these while I was cleaning the leaves with cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. What are these? Are they still mealybugs? They are brownish looks like they are inside a white thing! Appreciate any help!
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
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May 14, 2020 5:59 AM CST
looks like a baby thrip.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Name: Samira
May 14, 2020 6:29 AM CST
oneeyeluke said:looks like a baby thrip.

Omg! I thought they might be mealybugs! Is that possible to have both mealybugs and thrips? And should I be worried that my other plants might also have trips? After I noticed the mealybugs I moved the plant and kept it in a distance from others though.
Any suggestions what should I do now?
Thanks a lot!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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May 14, 2020 9:42 PM CST
IT could be juvenile mealy bugs. If you miss the tiny eggs/babies, they will re-infest your plant. Your best bet would be to spray with the alcohol, making sure it gets in all the nooks and crannies, then rinse the plant after about 15 minutes. You will need to get all the liquid out of the crown to prevent rot. That can be done with a twisted tissue or by blowing it out with a straw. Good luck!

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