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Thread: Years and years with no bug problems...

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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    ***puts face in hands and groans*** Well, my three prized S. minor have a problem.

    I haven't had a bug problem in all the years I've had CPs, and now I do and I have no idea what I'm supposed to do about it. I went out to take care of the plants for the night and checked over them all. Then I noticed this weird... mildew-colored (but not fuzzy) stuff mottling every single pitcher! Among this bizarre mottling are little, round, black dots... bugs! Most are fused on the pitchers so hard you can't get them off. I know they're bugs because some are crawling. I figured the wisest thing to do until I know what to do about this is to separate the minors (all in one pot) from the rest of the plants, so I took them out of the greenhouse and set them on the concrete bench on the patio, where they still get some sun as long as they're out there. I have no idea what to do, since, like I said before, I have never had a bug problem with my plants, and I've never seen anything like this before.

    What is this and what can I do to save my precious, two foot tall giants?

    Please help ASAP!
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    Guess this should be in the Sarracenia forum but not sure if it's working right now.

    Have you tried wiping off the spots to see if they are superficial? Could be surface mold growing on nectar OR on sugar secreted by some leaf sucking insect. Can't really help you on black dots that move. But if they are fused to the pitcher then my guess is they are some sort of scale insect. WHICH can excrete sugar and cause moldy leaf surfaces directly below the insects.
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    FTG,

    The Savage Garden recommends using Orthene, Malathion, or Diazinon to control aphids, mealy bugs, and scale. It sounds like you have scale. If I were you, I'd give 'em a dose of good ol' chemical warfare. I've used Orthene on aphids on my sarras to good effect.

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    i notice that there are some little bugs crawing in and out of my pots in the moss where my seedlings are growing... I crush what i can with my fingures and hope no more will show up.. Hey sense some of my pots dont have a drainage hole underneath.. will that mean that some bugs will seek it as a nesting place? that is if it makes a nice climate for them? ive seen how bugs will lay eggs in rabbit mess under the cages and i alwyas find maggots even after just 1 week.
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    Scale? Hmph... thought scale looked like little green shelled things, not micro-tiny and black... oh well, shows how much I know...

    Diazinon... hmmmm... I've got some of that... ***taps lip***

    Okay... so how should I safely apply it?
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    I just dilute it to the proper strength, and spray it directly on the plant, making sure I get good surface coverage. The plants actually seem to not mind at all, in my experience.

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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    Okay... the bag I have says "Soil & Turf Insect Control Granules." Exactly what measure do I use, i.e., water to Diazinon ratio?
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    ***looks around, sees no one and panics***
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