Mealybugs on succulents

The cochineal is an insect that is quite common that feeds on the sap of cacti, succulents and other indoor plants. At the time you create a layer cerulean that is usually harnessed by a fungus popularly known as the bold. Secondarily, it also causes malformations of both the leaves as the stems with their activity.

A pest is easy to detect because the mealybugs are white and look floury that form nests also white and cotton-like. Regularly we need to look no further than our succulent to detect the presence of mealybugs. If we see any plant has mealybugs the first action that we take is to separate it from the rest of the plant, isolate it to that is not infested to the other.

The life cycle of lice is about 30 days hence is the minimum period that we must maintain the isolation of the infested plant. Speaking of isolation, we mean to move the infested plant to another room so that there is a physical barrier between healthy plants and those suffering from the plague.

There are several ways to deal with the plague of woodlice, a way home is to use isopropyl alcohol, which is used to clean optics in photography. Take a few swabs and saturate them with alcohol and wiping the nests of wood lice and about themselves. We will continue the treatment once a week during the month of isolation.

In the market you can find various products for the treatment of this pest. You can use a biological control agent as are the ladybirds Cryptolaemus whose larvae feed on the scale insects in any of its phases. As chemicals can be used acetamiprida (a neonicotinoide first generation), fatty acids, or oil plants.


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