Controlling mealybugs on succulents

Controlling mealybugs on succulents

Imagine my surprise when I came across a major mealybug infestation on my succulents. Mealybugs on succulents are not rare, however I was surprised to see just how many I (or rather my aeoniums) had to deal with!  I was cleaning up some plants and as I turned this container a half turn, bam! There they were.  How did I get mealybugs on my succulents? That’s a good question. Quite honestly, they’ve probably always been there, but just not in these numbers. Stressed plants are going to be more favorable to mealybugs, so that may be an indicator which plants need some care. Mealybugs on succulents is common and since I did bring in a lot of plants from outside this fall, I may have accidentally brought these pests indoors too.… Read Full Post
Assassin Bugs

Assassin Bugs

I have to admit, assassin bugs are one of those insects I’ve known about, but haven’t seen myself. I don’t think I would have even known what they looked like if it wasn’t for “David Rogers’ Big Bugs” coming to Leu Gardens. All of the sudden I was learning about assassin bugs and helping to install a 7 foot long sculpture of this true bug. Introduction to Assassin Bugs True bug?  Well yes, not all insects are actually “bugs.” Arizona State explains it this way: The key difference between true bugs and other insects is their mouth parts. True bugs suck. That’s right, the true bugs have specialized mouth parts used to suck juices. Mostly they suck fluids from plants, but there are some true bugs, like bed bugs, that feed on animals.… Read Full Post
Mealybugs on hibiscus. Really gross.

Mealybugs on hibiscus. Really gross.

My hibiscus is covered in mealybugs. Gross. While writing an email at my desk last night I pulled open the window shade to look out and watch the rain fall. I clearly don’t do this very often because to my dismay my little hibiscus just outside the window was nothing more than a few sticks dripping with mealybugs. I put my forehead against the glass to make sure I was seeing correctly. Its true, my hibiscus is covered in mealybugs. The rain continued throughout the night so it wasn’t until today that I was able to get outside and examine for myself. SO GROSS. Mealybugs on hibiscus are common, but this outbreak was not. Apparently it has been much longer than I thought since I looked at this hidden little corner of our yard.… Read Full Post
Lubber Grasshopper Control

Lubber Grasshopper Control

It just never seems to fail. After answering a friends email about finding lubber grasshoppers in her yard I am shocked to then find them in mine!  See this lovely clivia flower? Look closely at the black insects all over the flowers and you will see why it caught my attention. I waited several years for my first orange flower and I was not about to let it be eaten by these nasty lubbers. I only found a few in my yard, and they all seemed to be concentrated on this plant. In that case, the easiest control was simply to fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and knock them all into it. For the bunch that was on the single leaf I just cut that part off and threw it in the bucket.  … Read Full Post
Leafminer on Petunias

Leafminer on Petunias

As I came walking in the front door yesterday I noticed the tell-tale white trails of leafminer on the leaves of a petunia plant. Lethal? No. Unsightly? Yes. There are lots of different types of leafminers, and each feeds on a different type of plant. Citrus leafminer, azalea leafminer, and other shrubs are very commonly effected by this pest. You can see examples of leafminer on other types of plants in this University of Florida publication. Each leaves the very telltale signs of infestation: the silvery-white circuitous paths that weave around the leaf. This is the pathway of a small larvae (kind of like a teeny, tiny worm) that has hatched within the leaf and is eating his way through, leaving that little pathway behind.… Read Full Post
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