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    Hey All,

    It seems that I am constantly battling mealy bug infestation with my Sarracenias, but not with my Nepenthes. Both genuses of plants feed primarily on ants. Ants are known "farmers" of mealybug and scale because they are attracted to the honeydew produced by these pests, and they move the pests between plants at will. Since I grow both Sarracenia and Nepenthes outdoors, ants frequent their traps on a daily basis. However, my Nepenthes have never had a mealy bug infestation whereas my Sarracenias always get the little buggers in their crowns. I've also noticed that scale isn't much of an issue with my Nepenthes either. Has anyone else experienced this situation? For some reason my mealy bugs attack everything except my Nepenthes. I wonder if they have some sort of natural pest repellant in them.

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    they attack mine, altough the problem is not as serious as with sarracenia. I've noticed scale prefers weak plants.

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    There is a nepenthes pest going around. It is ,like a small tiny white fly/insect. It gathers in groups and not tended by ants. they will remain on a pitcher or stem even until they dry and turn brown/black.
    I have used a strong spray of water and it seems to work. I have also used very hot water from the tap in a mist bottle and chemicals from Merit and Orthene wp to even Avid with some success.
    I have recntly used marathon with mixed success.

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    I;ve got theese really wierd small pests that keep poping up and mainly attacking my truncata and truncata hybrids for some reason. They're also on my ventrata. I got the pests from a grower here in cali who grew a truncata and ventrata outside, which I now have. Theese demonic pests have small, narrow white bodies (or maybe those are dead bodies?) that group up and cling to the leaves and stems. If given time, they wil take over the anatomy of the host, and leaves it covered in disgusting white flecks that are very difficult to wash off. They dont seem to fit the description of typical pests, but I think they may be in the presence of some scale. Have you ever encountered theese things NepsAroundTheHouse? Nepenthes are deffinately not immune...

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    Lol,

    They might be thrips. They're little small cigar shaped things. I haven't had them hit my neps, but a few on my Sarracenia. They kind of scrape off the green part of the pitcher and leave behind a "sanded" look. It seems they work in a group and spread. That's my best guess. Scale and mealy bug are easy to spot.

    Joel

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    Good God I hate those little white things! I can't even tell what's the bug or what their deal is. They seem to be accompanied by another slightly larger, grayer thing. They are a nightmare to get rid of, but it is possible. One weird thing is that they will infest one plant, but leave the adjacent plants untouched. And they only attack my nepenthes. I consider them my worst insect nemesis.

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    Capslock, thank the lord somebody else has theese (hehe, sorry its you ). Mine look exactly as you describe them. I was beginning to think They really were aliens [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . How have you been able to control them?

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    I've only been able to manage them. I've competely killed them on some plants, but they cling tenaciously to a couple of them, defying any attempt at killing even with repeated orthene applications.

    I wouldn't be suprised if they were aliens. They don't look like anything I've seen before, and I've never even seen one moving around. They are almost spooky that way.

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