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RE: mealybug


I've seen a lot of pink/red colored hibiscus.  I wonder if the color is an
adaptation for camouflage.

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2004 4:38 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] mealybug

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?
>
> Blessings,
> 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
> www.atouchofthetropics.net
> ----- 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
>>
>> Chris
>> Long Island, NY
>> Zone 7
>>
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Zone 10
27.0 N, 82.4 W

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