Help! Bamboo palm and mealybugs
I brought home a 6ft tall bamboo palm about two months ago, and put it the only window area I had available, which faces north.
It came with many slightly brown tips, which I cut off. I've been watering it about every 2 weeks, and I've given it some organic fertilizer.
However, about a month ago, I started seeing mealybugs (both active bugs and eggs) all over the plant. I started by spraying Garden Safe Fungicide3 all over the plant, then a week later I used my own formula of water, a little dish soap, and some organic neem oil (followed the directions on the bottle).
I've been spraying every 7 days, but the bugs keep coming back. I'm picking/wiping off about every day, but they keep re-appearing (especially in spaces at the root of the fronds).
I'd rather not use any synthetic insecticide, for my own health and for my cats health.
Any ideas on what to do?