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Help with Pest Identification and Control
April 1, 2015
1:36 pm
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Deepak
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Hello,

I have a small garden in Delhi and many of my plants are now infested with small greyish white insects that look like bugs. They are mainly on the stems of plants and rarely on leaves. The infestation is huge with scores and hundreds of these on most plants.

A picture of the bug can be viewed here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plant_Pest_in_Delhi.jpg

I will be grateful for any help and suggestions.

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Deepak

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April 1, 2015
4:27 pm
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Srikanth
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It is mealybug. It is difficult to kill them off. Try to get rid of them by a strong jet of water. Once they fall off the plant they will not climb up again. You can also try spraying some soap solution.

Spraying neem oil regularly deters most pests.

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Srikanth

April 1, 2015
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Jay
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Hello,

I also heard that sour buttermilk, diluted with water and sprayed / applied on affected parts would help.

I have not tried. In my garden, as much as possible, I remove these manually.

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Jay

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April 14, 2015
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Thanks Srikanth, Jay for identification and suggestions.

I researched mealybug and discovered that a bio pesticide Verticillium Lecanii is very effective in controlling this infestation. I found this on ebay: http://www.ebay.in/itm/2618261.....1439.l2649. I tried it out last week and I must say that was very pleasantly surprised by the results. The infestation went down by about 90%. I will spray once more later this week. My plants are already looking much healthier. Here are some references for members who may have a similar problem:
http://www.ncipm.org.in/NCIPMP.....0(English).pdf
http://www.agrilife.in/pdf/bio.....lus_dp.pdf
http://www.drrajanlaboratories.....duct7.html

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Deepak

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April 14, 2015
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That is very good to know. Thanks for sharing it to us.

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April 14, 2015
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I am doing a trial on Beauvaria Bassiana and the results are positive too.The brassicas are safe from worms. I need to try on other crops/pests too.

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