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Re: Pseudococcus

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Pseudococcus
  • From: "Brian Swale" bj@caverock.net.nz
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 18:25:15 +1300

Peter wrote
> Got a serious drawback today.
> Some plants are infected with Pseudococcus ... Evil or Very Mad
> They are
> Dicksonia Squarrosa (above 1 m)
> Nephrolepis
> Asplenium bulbiferum
> Cafe Arabica

Hi Peter,

These are called in English Long-Tailed Mealy Bugs (Pseudococcus 

Check out page 109 of David Jones'   Encyclopaedia of Ferns.

Control by spraying with a mixture of maldison and a suitable strength of 
white oil (see p 99).  Systemic sprays such as dimethoate are also 
successful. Methylated spirits dispensed on the end of a cotton bud also 
works on isolated animals.

Cheers, Brian

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