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Nov 19, 2016 11:04 AM CST
All my pothos plants, in different rooms, have the same... Infection... On their leaves. Both on top and bottom. Please help identify what it is, and what I can do to get rid of it.

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Name: Lin
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Nov 19, 2016 11:08 AM CST
Looks like mealybugs. If there are only a few you can dip cotton swabs into isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and wipe them off.
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Name: Will Creed
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Nov 20, 2016 11:23 AM CST
By the time any mealybugs are visible, that means there are already a lot of them. The juveniles are translucent and nearly invisible to the naked eye. Treating only the ones you see usually fails because it misses the juveniles who have a way of growing up, reproducing and then you have another visible infestation.

A solution of mostly water with some alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap can be very effective, but only it the spray covers all leafed and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet. If the plant is small enough, mix the solution in your sink, invert the plant while holding it so it doesn't fall out and then swirling all of the foliage around in the solution. This is less messy than spraying thoroughly.

Good luck with it!
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