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    Pest help needed, tried systemic insecticide.

    I have a nepenthes alata 'Boschiana Mimic' that is suffering from some pest. I have sprayed it twice with ortho systemic insecticide, covering the leaves and the undersides of the leaves. The pest are still her and look like they are spreading.

    It is a very nice plant and it's a pretty good sized one too, pitchers are currently about 5-6"

    I took some photos that I will post later to help identify the pest so we can talk about other possible treatments.

    I couldn't post photos of a sick nepenthes without posting pictures of my other plants.
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    It might lead people to a wrong idea of my growing abilities. I'm not conceited, but I do have a green thumb whether one of my plants is suffering from pests or not. I have the plant isolated, I'm eager to eliminate the pest so I can move the plant back to my other window which gets light from fluorescents after sunset.
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    well if we had a description on the pests, that might help. or if you even knew what kine they were.
    pic of the pest? something that we can go off of. because pest treatments change depending on the type of pest usually.

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    GAHHHHH It's the dreaded whitefly.

    Here's what you should do, and even then you have to hope for the best:

    1) Get one of those yellow fly strips that are really sticky. Put it near the plant.

    2) Make a solution of 1/2 rubbing alcohol, 1/2 water, and a drop of dish soap. Use a Q-tip to remove anything that looks like those things. Take your time and be thorough.

    3) Get some Orthenex or similar pesticide. Spray heavily and even spray a bunch on the media. We're not messing around here - spray it on! Then, do the same thing in five days, then again in another five days. This will ensure that the eggs that have already been laid won't miss the pesticide treatment.

    4) Pray.

    Best of luck. It doesn't look that bad yet, so you can probably stop it. By the way, the plant can take quite a bit of it - but it will spread if you don't take care of it and you'll never get rid of it.

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    Caps- I've been told by a friend of mine who owns a very large orchid nursery that this is not whitefly, but a species of scale that originates in Hawaii. I never had this pest before until I received several plants from a grower there and his plants seemed to be the only ones infected.

    Spraying is only a temporary fix and is not good enough by itself, especially on the soil surface. If you are using a systemic pesticide it MUST be watered through the roots for the most effective control as the plant will distribute the poison throughout its tissues on a broader scale.

    Mix your solution up and really soak the soil mix. You can spray too...but you really should give the plant a good soaking. It would even be better to place the plant in a bucket of solution and let it soak there for 30 minutes to be sure you get a thorough soaking.

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    I've been trying Neem oils on this pest.... we'll see what it can do.

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    I found Neem oil to be very slow if effective at all.
    Viva La Revolution de Nepenthes!

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    Dude my predator has whitefly and I've sprayed it and rubbed it down so many times I'm gonna go crazy.

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