I have evil bugs They look a lot like silverfish only completely white
and a few more legs They totally veracious they are devouring my
philodendron they seem to be leaving white kind of powdery substance
on the leaves I am very attached to this plant I saved it from a
heinous death at the hands of the home depot sale rack it was pretty
much dead and they actually gave it to me saying they didn't know why
I'd bother since then it has become a beautiful plant and these bugs
are like a personal affront to my effort to save it only to be eaten
alive arrrgue what can I do are my other plants in danger? this one
was not too close to the other plants.
Try washing the plant with an insecticide soap mixed with garlic. Repeat
every 10 days and see if that helps. When you wash the plant make sure you
use enough force to wash the visible bugs off the leaves.
well with much effort and web serching I found out what kind of bug
was killing my plant and you can tell I havent' had much experiance
with bugs paracites or fungi because I found out that the problem is
very common and most every one but me can recognize it
Spider mites Some how I thought those little buggers were red oh
well we learn somthing new every day I went to the local garden shop
and they gave me somthing for them much as I hate pestisides I seemed
to have no choice according to the garden supply place I have to treat
all my plants to make sure they didnt' spred to all my other plants
damn bugs their like lice for plants
well a learning experiance
Frowny Face :- (
The best defense against spider mites is Ivory dish liquid, water and
alcohol in a spray bottle. The house plants small enough put in the
bathtub ans shower them. If you happen to be growing any ivy you
should do it on a weekly basis.
Ivory dish liquid because it smells the best.
The evil bugs you 1st described could not have been spider mites
because they are the size of a speck of dust and cannot be seen on the
plant itself. However, if you take a white piece of paper and shake a
leaf over top you will see them moving. It appears your philodendron
On 12 Feb 2004 09:00:33 -0800, email@example.com (barrett)
these appeared small at first and then seemed to get fairly large
With my imparement (Visual)
I did not notice them at first I the plant had suffered a lot before I
noticed It was in an out of the way place where I would have a hard
time seeing it without taking it down it was in a deep window behind
my piano. I saw it had bugs and took it out side and calle a friend
who was good with plants and who I had recently given a palm and he
said that it had spider mites and he didn'twant to bother with it so
he got rid of it He said there was probably no way I'd have noticed
that they were there because they were hardly noticable
Do the bugs start out looking the same? white and cottony and then
the mealy bugs get bigger
does any one know a good web site where I can learn more or perhaps a
well so far so good any way I haven't seen any of the nasties on any
other plants ANd I have had a well sighted person check
Thanks so much for all the good advice and help
I can't remember the stages of development for a mealybug(a type of
scale) but yes they will start out smaller at the begining of there
adult stage. If you squash one they're red on the inside. Spider mites
are too small to be seen on the plant but you can sometimes see there
webs. You could have had both insects on your plant.
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