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    Aphid infestation?

    Looks like one of my Sarracenia pots has been hit with an aphid infestation, but before I do anything I'd just like to confirm that it is aphids, and also ask about recommended treatments. First time encountering them.

    Pot is also host to some D. capensis and VFTs, but keeping the Sarras is my primary concern, I've got comparatively more of the others.

    A couple of pics:


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    They look more like scale bugs to me, aphids are very small and I don't think I would be able to see them from those photos. I'm no expert though.

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    Armored scale. Treat everything near this plant with systemic neonics or acephate, and also cut the foliage and bag it up tight before tossing.

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    Ouch, just looked up what those were. Good thing I asked, thanks for the advice.

    Will head out to get insecticides tomorrow, do you have any particular recommendations on whether to use acephate or neonics, or specific neonicotinoid compounds to look out for?

    Aside from the D. capensis and VFTs, there are some Nepenthes nearby (< 1 foot) which I presume I'll be spraying as well, if that affects the advice on what insecticides to use.

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    I can't give any advice on brands, but I do have this. Keep your other plants away from your sarrs, you don't want them getting scale bugs too.

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    Scale can also be treated with nematodes. You may think that on the expensive side though.

    A systemic insecticide which has Thiacloprid as it's active agent will clear your infestation. I have found it to be safe with all CPs. I believe your plants are indoors so there's not the problem of bees coming into contact. These insecticides need to be used sparingly and appropriately, please follow the manufacturers directions for usage and dosage.
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    You can also take a wetted sponge and give the leaves a wipe, either before or a couple days after you spray. Will bring most of the scale off with just a little pressure, and doing it to Sarrs is markedly easier than rubbing down every leaf on a vining nep.

    If you do so before, you should be able to remove most of the scale that's already settled down and formed a shell, leaving the insecticide to do it's work primarily on the crawlers.

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    He's in Australia Zath, it's Autumn there. He'll be cutting the pitchers back anyway. Thiacloprid will kill the lot so no need to fanny around with a sponge
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