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woolly spines or mealy buggers??? (cacti)
    #877932 - 09/11/02 01:59 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

hi everybody! i am very proud to announce i've accquired a beautiful two feet tall crested pachanoi. unfortunately it came with some infested areas (they actually dug a tunnel where the ribs join each other in an older part)...
my question is... there are some wools on the spines that don't come out easily (spines usually come out with it), are they natural? or will a cristata pachanoi never have wooly spines? the wools that come out easily sure are bugs... and this ones are not always bright white as usual, making it harder to tell...
thanks already... pics coming, its just a matter of time...


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Re: woolly spines or mealy buggers??? (cacti) [Re: felixhigh]
    #878174 - 09/11/02 03:25 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Cristate cacti are WAY prone to mealy infestations... so many nooks and crannies for them to hide out. You may even want to consider using a systemic insecticide, especially if you have a beautiful and rare item like a 2 foot crest! In any case, you will want to check this plant frequently because of their tendency to become mealy hives. Anyway, dip a Qtip in rubbing alcohol and swab the cottony areas. If they come off, then it was a mealy bug. With practice you'll be able to tell the difference. Mealy bugs tend to be a whiter color than areole fuzz, which tends to be a pale tan.

I find neem oil to be a very good remedy for these nasty critters, by the way.


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Re: woolly spines or mealy buggers??? (cacti) [Re: Murple]
    #880329 - 09/12/02 12:18 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

thanks a lot murple!
man, i didn't realize how prone they were to infestations! but they are indeed. the strange thing about these bugs is that they're mostly tenaciously attached to the plant... perhaps they're something else than mealy bugs...
anyways gonna look for some sweet nuke for them!


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Re: woolly spines or mealy buggers??? (cacti) [Re: felixhigh]
    #880442 - 09/12/02 01:23 PM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Try a mixture of neem oil with nicotine... that will kill them and repell new ones. Apply that mix every week for a month, and that should kill off any that you have. Of course they could always come back. Just have to keep an eye out and get any that you see (wipe em off with a Qtip and rubbing alcohol) before it becomes a major infestation.

If you dont plan to eat your cactus, consider applying a systemic insecticide like Merit.


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