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    No wonder my H. minor was stalled

    Hey guys,

    I noticed that my H. minor hasn't grown since january. I thought the best thing is to leave it alone and see if it comes back. Today... I noticed something crawling on the pitcher spoons. A closer look revealed something like this.



    excuse the big pics and crappy quality. The iphone is useless in this dept.

    is this the soft brown scale? is multiple treatments with orthenex ok?

    thanks,

    V

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    They look like mealy bugs to me, but I'm probably wrong.
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    Soft brown scale yes

    Orthenex on Heliamphora probably ok but I haven't used it personally. I would be careful not to fill the pitchers up with the stuff though.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Exactly, I was wrong. :x No experience in pests.
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    Whoah, I agree with Tony in going the Orthenex route (I've used it myself); a more minor infestation may be corrected with a neem oil solution, but you have to go the big guns here. Heliamphora are tougher than they look . . .
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    guys! I just tried this:

    http://www.bayeradvanced.com/product...iller/rtu.html

    It has the same active ingredient as Merit. Do u think I should first remove all that scale females and then keep treating with the insecticide? All insecticides only effect crawler stages. This one is systemic though. I am trying to get orthenex spray as we speak.

    Is it normal that same species of scale can have different appearance on different plants? The reason I ask is...this was the only scale that I actually got:





    this was the plant which started it all. I threw it away....but it has passed to my other neps. I thought the neps were the only contained plants that had the pests...but now I notice for the first time...these things on my heli.

    Are these both the same? That would just make matters atleast easier to treat. can scale change apperance on the plant that it feeds on? I am sure that is not whitefly. Whitefly moves when touched...its adults are easily seen when the plant is disturbed. These are non-moving static bugs.

    thanks for the help guys.

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    I would first remove all that is feasible before going the nuclear route, making sure that the compost is also treated . . .

    "The missiles are flying, hallelujah, hallelujah . . ."
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    The soft brown scale on your Heliamphora is not the same thing that was on the Nepenthes.

    I would agree that you should wipe off as much of the pest as possible. The soft brown scale wipe off fairly easily and the more you wipe off the less you will have to kill off. It will also be easier to see if the buggers are still active and return.
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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