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Re: Pseudococcus

Barbara Joe Hoshizaki also has a section on mealybugs Page 128 in her "Fern Growers Manual". Her new book is currently in print and is much less expensive than the "Encyclopedia of Ferns" everyone has been writing about. She recommends Acephate (Orthene), diazinon, and malithion as the insecticides of choice.

Brian Swale wrote:

Peter wrote

Got a serious drawback today.
Some plants are infected with Pseudococcus ... Evil or Very Mad

They are
Dicksonia Squarrosa (above 1 m)
Asplenium bulbiferum
Cafe Arabica

Hi Peter,

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

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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