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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    Says it all, any recommendation for irradicating scale on Sarracenia? PS-not a heavy infestation.
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    How toxic are you willing to go? If you don't like pesticides Neem should work as woule Q-tips in rubbing alcohol. If you don't mind pesticides then go Orthene/Orthonex. Or, if you don't want to deal with chemicals at all and if the plant is small enough you can fully submerge it for a week or so and drown the little beasts.
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    I just picked them off with a toothpick, but it was a light infestation on just one plant.

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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    I have Neem oil but I wasn't sure if it was safe for Sarracenia/Nepenthes.

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    For very light infestations, picking them off should be easy. But check the plant every couple of days in case you missed some of the smaller ones.

    You could also use a 1:1 isopropyl alcohol:distilled water mix. This works very well on most neps and sars.

    Malathion or sevin at half recommended strength also works well on most neps and sarrs (but they are also very toxic to humans, so take precautions).

    Hope you have success in killing all of those evil little critters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Malathion or sevin at half recommended strength also works well on most neps and sarrs (but they are also very toxic to humans, so take precautions).
    Yes, I remember when there was a possible introduced pest, the mediterranean fruit fly, in Florida. All the orange growers paniced, and pressured the government into widespread malathion sprayings. It was hilarious listening to them say "It's perfectly safe" while saying in the same breath "but put your car indoors because it'll eat the paint off it."

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    I prefure to use bear rose and flower systemic. I will get the exact name of it for you if you want it, but it contains the same chemical as merit. Its also the same stuff that is in the once a month flea and dog treatment for dogs. It kills on contact and keeps working for a month to make sure it kills the larva and juviniles you may have missed. I have sprayed it on a couple of nepenthes and orchids, but I haven't had any problems yer with my sarrs. It comes premixxed at lowes in a blue bottle. Although you can get a bottle of merrit for 45 bucks or so, but its a concentrate. It turns out to be much cheaper buying merit than the premixxed stuff that bear makes, but its 45 dollar vs 6 bucks for the premixxed. I guess it just depends on how much you want to get at a time and willing to spend. By all means though if you can control it by hand do it. I could never get the small populations in check in the GH so I went to the kill them all method with the bear spray. So far so good.
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    A Q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol takes care of a minor infestation. I've also used Neem, but what has worked best for me as a spray is Organocide. It's a mix of fish & sesame oil and I've used it the last two winters with great success. All it takes is a spray when the plants are still outside and then a follow-up when they come in. I keep an eye out for scale and mealies and smushed a few of each this year. Last year, I think I did the Q-tip & alcohol treatment on a couple susceptible orchids in late winter. Be careful about spraying Organocide on plants that'll be exposed to sun & heat because it probably has some phytotoxicity. I can't remember if the bottle has a warning, but the fish oil I use as a spreader-sticker on fruit trees does. The other warning, of course, is that your plants will smell like fish oil for a few days. I don't mind it, but that opinion isn't universal in my family.
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