....and many thanks to Allison, Brad & Natasha, Michael and
I appreciate your additional input & will take all of it to
heart. Thank goodness, it doesn't seem to be a full blown infestation,
I've only found it on a few plants, some had several, some only a couple.
I did run them to the shower & pick them off in a near panic, lol. I
have an older edition of Ortho's big Problem Solver book, but it's outdated
enough that many of the products have been taken off the market. I'm not
always 100% organic, but I try to stay as close as I can to it. Some
critters (fire ants...) get the hard stuff! I may try the soapy water...
really soapy, then rinse after an hour or so. I've always rinsed the
soapy water off after about an hour. Am I misguided thinking that the soap
could 'clog' the plants 'respiratory system'? I always wondered
Wow, Michael, those scale you mentioned sound like
monsters! These are tiny in comparison. Is the oil y'all mentioned
like the dormant oil spray for fruit trees? I'll look into that, seems
like I recall that you aren't supposed to use it above 50 degrees. It's
been a while since I sprayed my mom's plum trees, but something about that pops
into my mind. Maybe it's the citrus oil you're talking about.
Either way, I'll certainly look into all the possibilities. I took
the Master Gardeners course, but wasn't able to finish all my volunteer
hours. Now I've moved to another county. I'll also try to go meet
and talk to my new Ag extension agent up here. They really
didn't have any experience with tropicals/Aroids, so not much
info to offer.
I'm going to go do some 'hunting'! Thanks again for all
of y'alls help.