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Dunedin, Fl
Jun 19, 2018 12:37 PM CST
Hello. I've sprayed with Neem, and soap but these persistent bugs keep living. Any "sure fire" ways to rid my plants of this pest? First found it on my dessert rose and today, I found some on one zinnia and on the other side of the house on another. Any suggestions?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 19, 2018 2:15 PM CST

Mealybugs! Grumbling

Probably the most sure fire way is commercially made insecticidal soap. But you will have to spray once a week for the rest of your life.

You can spot treat you Adenium with alcohol on a Q-tip and rip up the affected zinnias but otherwise, keep spraying. You can use any product containing Imidacloprid as a systemic

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 19, 2018 2:35 PM CST
I have to laugh at the irony of a post about mealybugs posted by someone using the name Honeydew! Hilarious!
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Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
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Jun 19, 2018 10:18 PM CST
I got some brought in on a Gardenia I ordered from somewhere. I wish I could remember the source so I would never order from them again.
It was anemic to start with and no matter how I cared for it it finally persisted in dying. The mealies got on other plants before I realized what was going on. I think I'm rid of them. I hope.
I use these and stay vigilant.

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