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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 24, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Just in case this subject has not been covered before. I was going to post this in the House Plant section, but, IMO, Mealy bugs are a bigger issue with succulents than plants in general. First my excuse: I have so many plants that I do not always to look at each one thoroughly each week. Just found this poor plant - I'm finally moving things outside for the summer. In years gone by I would have thrown the entire plant and pot out. But things have changed. Azamax has changed my life. I just gave it a good spray and will take some "after" pix in a few weeks if I remember. It will be fine and healthy. Talking to one of the techs at their plant, he agreed with me that most people fail to use it as a soil drench which is a very effective treatment. If you see Mealy bugs, you have more hiding in the soil. Do not think of reusing that soil or pot. Azamax is user friendly. You could spray it into your mouth and be fine. Does not kill pets or children. Does no kill honeybees. Most important to me, does not kill aquatic life including fish. Every other insecticide I know says do not spray near water or fish. In the winter I have some plants on top of my 125 gal. aquarium. I can spray them, no problem. The only other spray I keep on hand is Garden Safe Fungicide 3. When they refined the neem oil down to make Azamax they lost its ability to act as a fungicide, miticide. So, Garden Safe takes over those tasks. I have a tri-color E. Beech tree that can get powdery mildew on it. No more. I have so many plants (around 2000) grouped so close together under lights in the winter, bugs and the spread of bugs was my #1 problem. Do get both of these sprays and use them. Azamax recommends for a heavy infestation, once every 3 days. For regular bugs, once every 5-7 days. As a preventive, once every 3 weeks. They are not expensive and well worth it. I get mine from Amazon. Gene
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 24, 2016 2:53 PM CST
When I say excuse, that's a joke. There is no, should be no excuse to let a plant get that bad. Took me by surprise when I found it. Gene
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
May 24, 2016 8:37 PM CST
Thanks for sharing that info with us. Please us keep us updated with progress photos. Thumbs up
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helenchild
May 25, 2016 5:33 AM CST
I've had troubles with mealy bugs on my succulents. I've used a systemic insecticide, imidacloprid, with good results. But maybe the Azamax would be better, less toxic.
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 25, 2016 7:22 AM CST
I've tried everything over the years. Do not like to use systemics at all. Turns the plant into poison. Azamax just plain works. Birth control for bugs. It does not work on contact, you don't need to spray all the bugs. Makes the plant taste bad, stops the bugs from growing, reproducing. Works. And, I almost forgot, Azamax does not have any smell. The Garden Safe as a bit of a smell but not obnoxious. Great for indoor spraying. Gene
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
May 25, 2016 1:09 PM CST
And while I'm thinking it, Azamax is the best ever at treating scale, fungus gnats, spider mites. Gene
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ctcarol
May 28, 2016 4:38 PM CST
I was curious, so I looked up the label. I would recommend anyone thinking of buying it check the label first to make sure it's what you need. Someone said it's not toxic to fish, but right at the top of the label it says it IS toxic to fish and invertebrates. As a former licensed pesticide applicator, I am a firm believer in labels and MSDS reading. I would consider using this product for a change with others, but it is a bit pricey if you plan to spray your whole garden with it. The comments from the pot growers tell me they didn't read the label very carefully. Whistling

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