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Re: mealybug

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] mealybug
  • From: james singer <jsinger@igc.org>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2004 04:38:23 -0400
  • In-reply-to: <200406010436.i514ak915141@lorien.mallorn.com>

I've heard it called "pink hibiscus mealy bug" by University of Florida folks. Don't know if the pink modifies hibiscus or mealy bug. Seems to be a big deal, however.

On Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at 12:36 AM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:

David, is it really pink in color or is it called "pink" for another reason?
What else would it attack besides hibiscus?

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of David Franzman
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 10:30 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] mealybug

Apparently Fl. now has something called Pink Mealy Bug. No, it wasn't
imported from San Francisco. This critter has caused some disturbance in
the Hibiscus folks. They are doing spot spraying because they're afraid it
might start spreading.

David Franzman
A Touch of the Tropics
----- Original Message -----
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 6:54 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] mealybug

I'm resending this message as it was "held up" in cyberspace!

I don't remember who asked about mealybug, but here's my two cents!

There are two different types of mealybugs (actually there are probably
more). The one that lives in the soil is called root mealybug or
Pritchard's mealybug. It is very hard to control without chemicals, but
I have attempted to get rid of it by removing most of the soil from the
root ball and washing the roots with soapy water and rinsing them off.
You should avoid introducing a plant to your garden or even worse your
greenhouse with Pritchard's mealy bug. It can kill your plants! Don't
use a common tray as that a good way for it to move from plant to plant
when you water. The less harmful common mealy bug it easier to eradicate
with diligent washing and hand removal, Again, I use soapy water.
Check out these photos to see root mealybug. It looks sort of like
perlite, but it's soft!

Root Mealybug: http://cactusclinic.telenet.be/ca_rootmealybug.html

Long Island, NY
Zone 7

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Zone 10
27.0 N, 82.4 W

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