How do I get rid of the white scaled powdery insects on my Saco palm?

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  • Drlucille Drlucille on Oct 09, 2019

    Mix Dawn dish soap with water in a spray bottle, spray the plant( out of the sun). The Dawn removes the buggers’ protective coating. Works with white fly and green fly.

    sometimes I add an drop or two of a vermifuge essential oil, as well.

    • Tanne Tanne on Oct 09, 2019

      Thanks Driucille, going to try this now as I have dawn. Thought I must trash this one.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 09, 2019

    There’s several insecticides that get rid of these “white flies”.

    In CA, I’ve used Malathion (sp) and Sevin with two drops of dish soap to break the surface tension.

    Sevin can be used on fruits & vegetables, seven + days before harvest.

    Because they’re in the neighborhood, one may have to re-apply in 4 weeks, if they come back.

  • Em Em on Oct 15, 2019

    Make a spray solution of 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 teaspoon of insecticidal soap or dish detergent and 1 quart of water. It may have to be reapplied in a few days to kill the smaller ones that have not hatched yet. Watch for new one for a week or two.