Mealy, Ants & tossing Plants!
Hope everyone had a great weekend..had to be better than mine..let me rephrase..better than my plants.
If there's one insect I have problems ridding, it's mealy.
Saturday, I decided to soak plants in the sink, and fertilize.
That was, until I lifted a plant saucer and a bunch of ants ran everywhere!
Those who know me KNOW I hate bugs..well, spiders are the worse. I don't fear ants, but 1. can't tolerate bugs in the house, 2. when ants congregate, find your hand covered in ants, it's gross and scary.
Ants and mealy work together.
I make a home-made insecticide strong enough to keep mites and scale away, but can't find the one, IMPORTANT ingredient that kills mealy. For good.
Rubbing Alcohol don't work.
2013 is year 4 mealy have attacked my plants.
To get to the point, I did something drastic.
Got a 30-gallon trash bag, walked plant to plant, and TOSSED every single plant, pot and saucer w/mealy or what looked like mealy.
I feel terrible, but what other options did I have?
Don't use insecticide w/chemicals, so discarding was a last resort.
Mike, suggested using Bayer systemic, but after reading Warning label, (online) I decided it's not for me.
Afterall, I have birds to consider..every so often, one will fly and land on a plant.
Chemicals absorb through their little feet...well, you can figure out the consequences.
So far, I've tossed about 1/3rd of my plants in the front plant room.
I want to cry. My 10?-yr-old variegated Hindu Rope Hoya was one of four Hoyas to go.
I lost several Hoyas last winter, 2012, when left out too late...frostbite.
I discovered, thin leaf Hoyas froze faster than thick-leaf types.
As soon/if sun shines today, another third of the room, 'plants' will be inspected.
Heck, even if sun doesn't shine, mealy plants must go before infestation worsens.
Does anyone here have an organic/non-chemical recipie?
Would frost kill those spawns of hell?
Is anyone having mealy problems? Ant problems?
With all the rain, and a flooded basement, seems ant population increased this weekend.
Might be coincidence....
I'm waiting for a repairman to check our washer..stopped working because of the flood.
Then, off to the store to buy ant baits..I know they contain chemicals, but I've tried every home-made remedy known to man..