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May 22, 2014
4:23 pm
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yogi
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hi
what kind of insect is this? it is just refuse to go it is in every veggie and flowering plant. plz give me the solution to get rid of this.

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May 22, 2014
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yogi,

this is mealy bug. while neem oil should be effective, it has proven futile several times. the best way to get rid of this is using spirit water mixture in the ration 1:1. DO NOT SPRAY. Take a piece of cotton ball and soak the cotton in this mix and gently dab on the insects and its neighborhood. the insects will die.

you do this in the evening so that the spirit can evaporate in the night. if you do it in the morning, the sun scorch can happen.

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May 22, 2014
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GG
you are right neem oil doesnt seems to be effective. is this the same spirit that we get from local chemist shop?

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May 26, 2014
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yes it is surgical spirit available in chemists. do not spray but gently dab on the insects/its surroundings. preferrable in the evenings.

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July 10, 2014
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geekgardener said

yogi,
this is mealy bug. while neem oil should be effective, it has proven futile several times. the best way to get rid of this is using spirit water mixture in the ration 1:1. DO NOT SPRAY. Take a piece of cotton ball and soak the cotton in this mix and gently dab on the insects and its neighborhood. the insects will die.
you do this in the evening so that the spirit can evaporate in the night. if you do it in the morning, the sun scorch can happen.

Thanks for this advice, I have also seen those bugs before, but I did not know what they were or how to handle them.
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July 14, 2014
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My observation is that mealy bugs come in plants that are are not fit and have one nutrient deficiency or other. I have several eggplants and only the plants that had unhealthy looking leaves(due to nitrogen deficiency, magnesium deficiency etc) had mealy bugs. Plants that are highy deficient will have a huge infestation and nothing you do will be effective as they will quickly come back. So if you want to avoid them, keep your plant fed with proper nutrition. Also, you can use mealy bugs as a indicator of a bigger problem in plant too.

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