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gallesfarm
Tamworth, NH
(Zone 4b)

March 6, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8410677

So, I have a dwarf Meyer Lemon and a dwarf Mexican Sweet Lime that I bought last year from Four Winds. They have been inside all winter of course, and doing very well. I mist them heavily every day because we heat with wood and our house is very dry. Some leaf drop occurred, but not much, and the lime is even putting out new leaves now. Both are putting out flower buds and will be in bloom soon.

My main question has to do with a pest of some sort on the lemon. I noticed here and there very fine filaments, like spider silk, but no webs. They just hang straight down from the undersides of the leaves or stems. Then I noticed definate little cocoon-like objects on the undersides of a few leaves. I removed the ones I could see, and there are more of the fine filaments hanging down. No idea what this is, but I'd like to get rid of it.

Any suggestions for insecticidal soaps or ???

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


March 7, 2011
8:59 AM

Post #8411932

Sounds like you have mealy bugs.

They can be controlled pyrethrum, neem, or insecticidal soap.

http://www.cactus-art.biz/note-book/Dictionary/Dictionary_M/dictionary_mealy_bugs.htm

http://mgonline.com/articles/pests.aspx

http://www.flowerpotheaven.com/insect-pictures-pests.html
gallesfarm
Tamworth, NH
(Zone 4b)

March 8, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8415046

Ding! Ding! Ding! That appears to be the right answer! :)

Nasty little critters. I'm not going to be able to get to a store probably until the weekend. I'm going to try this recipe - maybe it will at least slow them down: (the one labeled Kitchen Insect Spray)
http://houseplants.about.com/od/pests/a/Mealybugs.htm

Thanks!

gallesfarm
Tamworth, NH
(Zone 4b)

March 8, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8415521

Warning! The recipe will stink up your house! :) If smell can kill, those mealybugs are dead.

I put the lemon in the bathtub and gave it a good spray up down and sideways to make sure to get under all the leaves. Tomorrow I'll do the lime and then see if it's making a difference.

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