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Q.Mealy Bug On A Indoor Ponytail Palm

Zone 7612 | chrysalis6nz added on September 27, 2021 | Answered

Can someone please help me with a pretty bad mealy bug problem on my ponytail palm. The bug is nesting inside the stem of the plant and whilst I have sprayed it regularly with a neem oil solution, including down the stem, the little critters keep popping up! I am getting really frustrated and am considering ditching the plant entirely so it doesn’t infect my other indoor plants. Any advice out there?

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Answered on September 28, 2021

Be careful with Neem oil! It comes with its own issues, too, if not used properly. Sometimes, it can cause more damage than the insects that you are trying to control.

I would recommend Azadirachtin! This is the main ingredient in neem oil, but as an extract. It is much more effective without being near as particular about application.


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