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    I will douse my sarras with lots of stinky chemicals then(even if it kills it, it is better than my whole collection going bye bye).

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    As Woodnative said, mealybugs are impossible to remove manually. They move when disturbed and if they get into the rhizome or roots they are very difficult to get rid of at that point.

    A systemic insecticide is your best bet. If they get into the roots a soil drench might work. Repeat sprayings as often as recommended by the manufacturers and treat at for one month. They are very persistent.
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    The only time I had mealybugs was in a terrestrial utric. I submerged the plant under water for two weeks. This drowned both the mealybugs and the newly hatched bugs. The problem with mealybugs is that they can get in the soil, and once there they can be very difficult to extricate. I was fortunate to have a plant that didn't mind being flooded occasionally. I'm not sure this would work with your plants. It is better to lose one plant than an entire collection.

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    I agree with Hermes, throw the thing out if it's only one plant! Better to lose just the one then chance them spreading. Mealies are the worst little...

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    But I still want my purpurea. So should I spray the plant with gross pesticide everyday?

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