Doreen Nestell
Doreen Nestell
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Asked on Jul 9, 2013

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This is my (Schefflera elegantissima) False Aralia what is this white killing machine. It is attacking new growth first and now moving out to the older leaves. The is also a spore growing under on the ground. I just got it. Have not even finished potting it. Just gave it some soil. What could it be, Are the two things connected to each other some how, how do I stop it from killing my plant?
This is where it started...
This is where it started...
This is where it is going...
Some sort of web almost looks like a cocoon.
This is where it is going... Some sort of web almost looks like a cocoon.
Is this where it come from...?
Is this where it come from...?
8 answers
  • Nancy Hand
    on Jul 9, 2013

    looks like mealy bugs to me. your going to have to spray an insecticide to kill it. Malathion or Sevin should do it.

  • Rita Marie
    on Jul 9, 2013

    Those plants are known to get mealy bugs on them. I had one once...never again. You have to spray it with insecticides to get rid of those bugs. Good luck.

  • Doreen Nestell
    on Jul 10, 2013

    What about the things in the soil? I don't see any bugs. Is that the white or it that droppings?

  • Doreen Nestell
    on Jul 10, 2013

    Oh wow so ugly I just looked them up. I was touching them today!!! I pray it can be something else are there any organic solutions? I hate using those killer things I call lady bugs and butterflies to my home...

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 10, 2013

    For an organic control of mealy bugs try rubbing alcohol. You can spray a mixture of 10 percent rubbing alcohol and 90 percent water directly onto the insects, or, dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Repeat weekly until they are gone. Make sure you test on a small portion of plant before using widely as some plants have a sensitivity to alcohol.

  • Nancy Hand
    on Jul 10, 2013

    Good advice Douglas!! I'm a firm believer in insecticides! As a matter of fact I have mealy bugs on my Geraniums. I have been treating them with alcohol. At first I poured the alcohol on the stems, it would kill them back some but they would come back. I did spray them with straight stuff not diluting it. It seems to be working!! :)

  • Doreen Nestell
    on Jul 11, 2013

    Woohoo Praise God!!! I was hoping you would answer Douglas you always have great info. Thanks and thank you all!!! The alcohol is what I will be trying. Yipeeeee

  • Cynthia
    on Jul 11, 2013

    Another natural product to try is Neem Oil. You mix it with water and have to spray the plant completely. Make sure to look under the rim of you pot for hiding places. I had small plants that brought home mealy bugs after wintering in a greenhouse, I put the mixture in a bucket and gave them a complete dip. Mealy bugs can hide in the top soil layer so if you don't repot the whole plant, at least remove the top layer of soil and replace with new.

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