Mealy Bug on Dracaena!
After much admiring of my houseplants today, I discovered to my horror what I think can only be mealy bug living upon my recently purchased dracaena massangeana.
At first I thought, "How did clumps of dust fall upon these newer leaves?" and then I wiped one of the small clumps away..."What is that shiny/sticky stuff undernea....Oh NO!"
Indeed, I have found numerous little puffballs over the plant.
This is a relatively new plant bought when freshly rooted from IKEA. Its only about 2 months old.
I dont think that it has ever been in direct contact with any other plant but it has been close; about 6-12 inches away.
Is there hope to eradicate the pest? Has anyone been successful with this pest and a dracaena before? Is the plant a goner? What are the chances that it jumped to my other nearby Janet Craig? Will I have to replace all of my plants?
The only other time i had this pest was when i was a teenager and then it was only on a cactus I bought and was easy to eradicate with alcohol and a q-tip.
Can I spray each leaf junction with rubbing alcohol or will that harm the plant.
Waaaa! I can't believe that IKEA with their modern styling and comfortable prices (notice I didnt call IKEA furniture comfortable, just their prices) would do this to me! lol
Any help/ideas very much appreciated.