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    You almost certainly will have some of these bugs on all other plants in the same room. Sometimes only a few and if these go unnoticed the weaker plants will get new ones in the next cycle.
    I would apply it to every plant you have. The dust like young ones under the mothers scale are to small to be noticed.

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    Thanks all for the further advice.

    Couldn't find anything with thiacloprid but I did get imidacloprid, which I understand should be similar enough. My plants are outside and while it's technically autumn, it's effectively still summer, as an example today is 30 C and the next four days are predicted to be about the same. Because of that, on plants showing visible signs of infestation I cut off the oldest and most obviously affected leaves, then wiped down the younger, less affected ones and sprayed them. Nearby plants showing no signs of infestation were also sprayed, including Sarras, Neps, Drosera and Dionaea. Instructions said to spray thoroughly and I'm fairly sure I succeeded on that count. Two more applications to go, two weeks apart.

    Any further recommendations, or should I just start the waiting game?

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    I don't have any advice regarding the imidicloprid. I was simply told it was not as effective, but why that is, I'm not sure. I myself used Bifenthrin, as opposed to the previously mentioned systemics.

    However, it sounds like you're on the right track. I'd say it's time for the waiting game.

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    I've had scale problems before as well and lime someone mentioned I literally wiped them off. If they persisted I'd use chemicals but it was a ten to fifteen minute process to just wipe them off by hand, not too bad. I'm not saying it's the right way but it works for me.

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    I had some small aphids on a plant in a smallish terrarium, so I took a wooden skewer, wrapped it with some double sided tape on the pointed end, and picked them off one at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearldiver View Post
    I had some small aphids on a plant in a smallish terrarium, so I took a wooden skewer, wrapped it with some double sided tape on the pointed end, and picked them off one at a time.
    He doesn't have aphids, he has scale insects, pearldiver.

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    True that, but the same thing might work in a tight spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearldiver View Post
    True that, but the same thing might work in a tight spot.
    It might work on the crawlers, but not on the adults, they're attached to the plant too powerfully. I don't think it would be possible to get all of the crawlers with tape either.

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