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    Pest Problem Need Help! Urgent.

    today i went outside to take a look at my sundew, and i found Aphid, Spider Mite, and possibly scale.

    i only saw like 3-4 of those insects, so i took precaution and DROWN the whole pot. it wasnt the only bug that was in there... a bunch(i mean in the hundreds) of super small white stuff floated on top of the water and started JUMPING AROUND!! then a bunch of Aphid came out on top of the plant to gasp for air. and white insect(dont know what) that looks like a small flat spider(don know if its spidermite) then black tiny insect that i figured out it was an insect when i put my finger in there and it started squirming on my finger.

    how long should i keep it underwater?
    does the water have to be distilled?



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    btw its in pure sphagnum

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    A couple days oughta be enough time. The plant will look like adrowned rat for about a week, but will get over it. The critters won't.

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    i put it in normal tap water.
    but man oh man, the plant started floating. i put some weight over it to prevent it from floating, and i think i'm gonna have to change sphagnum once the drownage is over T_T

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    Use Malathion. It's CP friendly (didn't kill my ping) and it kills all those pests.
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    its okay, i'll wait 24 hour then i'll just take it out the water.


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    editted post, put a picture of what it looks like.

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    Distilled, rain or reverse osmosis processed water would be safer, the chlorine in tap water may not do your plants all the much good. I suppose you could have let the water sit overnight before immersing your plants.

    Tiny white critters floating on the water may have been springtails. They are often seen in massive clumps on the surface of water.

    I'd soak them for two days just to be safe. Scale insects might trap enough air under the scales to keep 'em going 24 hours. Maybe not.

    On smaller pots I usually wedge a few coins around the edges to weigh them down.
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    I was looking at that pic and of course it looked familiar to me, it was a photo I took last year to a major aphid attack on my Drosera capensis alba There's a thread here somewhere.
    Just drowned them for a week and problem solved

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