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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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madcratebuilder
Feb 11, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Can anyone give a definitive answer on this? I;m thinking it is related to temperature. I have found a Hoya that had several mealybugs on it so I checked every plant in the house. Found a few that had 2 or 3 bugs. Q tip and alcohol made short work of the ones I could find. Need to make a fresh mix of bug soap and I guess I should spray every plant in the house. Well need to repeat to kill any hatching eggs. Just not sure on time frame, every 5 days for a month?
Spectamur agendo
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Feb 11, 2017 9:39 AM CST
It would depend on both the temperature and the species of mealybug. Do you know which mealybug species affects Hoya? This article covers the life cycle of a few of them:

http://ohiofloriculture.osu.ed...
Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Cat Lover
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madcratebuilder
Feb 11, 2017 10:34 AM CST
That is a great piece of information Sue, thank you so much. I'm thinking the plants that had a problem were infested when I bought them. Only 2 plants had more than 2 or 3 visible bugs and the only other plants were right next to the infected ones.

I had to use a magnifying glass with LEDs to see down in the nooks and crannies, it can be hard to tell the difference between the bugs and dust from perlite.. I hope I caught these early enough to keep them in check.

Thanks again for the link.
Spectamur agendo

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