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How to combat cochineal insects and tips to remove (part 1)

The lack of humidity is one of the leading causes of the appearance of this parasite, which is dedicated to absorbing nutrients from plants.

If you had the misfortune of running into this plague or if you want to be forewarned, we show you how to remove the cochineal plants.

Cochineal detect in our plants

The cochineal is easy to remove if caught in time.

It is therefore vital to review our plants periodically, paying particular attention to the underside of the leaves, because that is where this home is installed plaga.

One way to eliminate the cochineal of our plants is by dipping a cotton ball in alcohol and clean with it the affected areas of the plant.

It is essential not to leave any alive cochineal because it could infect the plant again.

If the infected plant is too large, or if you have several infected plants, the best way to eliminate the cochineal is by making a solution of rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and hot water.

Plants sprayed with the solution once a week for a month to get rid of the pest.

Another homemade solution is to put half a dozen cigarettes in a container of water for an hour and a half and then water the plants affected with that water.

If cochineal persists after trying these homemade solutions, you should find yourself a phytosanitary solution specific to the removal of cochineal.

Types of mealybugs

Mealybugs there are several types, but the varieties of mealybugs best known are the following:

Cottony cochineal or Coronet (Planococcus citri).

This type of scale insects can attack many plants either inside or outside.

It is a soft-bodied insect and greyish white or pink that can measure up to 4 mm in length and are found mostly in the axils of leaves and other hard to reach places, such as between several stems tangled.

They secrete a silky and shiny white substance (cottony) under which hides the eggs, which causes attacked plants becoming sticky and likely to develop black or bold mold.

Cottony cushion scale roots

This type of attack mealybugs is mostly grown potted plants, namely, cactus, succulents, geraniums, ferns, African violets, and fuchsias.

Are up to 2 mm in length and are coated, along with the roots under the serous white powder.

Soft cochineal

It is a flat flake and oval, yellowish-brown and 3 to 4 mm long, usually on the underside of leaves and especially with the main branches where sometimes, concentrated in large quantities.

Plants are a more frequent bay leaf, lemon, ivy, ferns, and focus, but can also be found in many plants. The leaves of the plant attacked tends to be covered with the sticky substance secreted by the cochineal, which favors the bold appearance.

Corrugated cochineal (Icerya purchase).

This pest attacks many ornamental plants. In its adult stage, the flakes are coated with a hemispherical convex shell dark brown and up to 4 mm in diameter. Edge shaped H.

Nymphs, however, are flat, oval, and yellowish-brown. Usually present in the underside of the leaves and stems and also secrete honeydew.

Sow (Armadillidium opacum).

It is an insect’s pink gray or brown, with the coated body a segmented shell that day is hidden in dark places, such as under pots, logs or rocks, or mounds formed on the substrate surface. They can cause damage to seedlings but not to those already rooted plants.

The appearance taking because of the type of behavior has generated many popular names bug ball or woodlouse,  chanchito ground, or Marranos.

Brown cochineal (Coccus hesperidium).

The stems of many ornamental shrubs and berry fruit exhibit brown scales, especially those individuals growing on a wall or in a sheltered place.

Also, they secrete honeydew, which makes them prone to getting black mold.

Conditions that favor the development of mealybugs

As mentioned above, excessive environmental dryness is one of the first reasons why mealybugs can be played.

Indoor plants are the most attacked and are generally suffer the most from these insects. Primarily because of the specific humidity conditions.

The presence of high heating is a significant factor. This helps contribute to more significant environmental dryness; therefore, it must ensure that the environment does not dry out and thus not favor the appearance of the plague of cochineal.

One way to increase moisture in our homestays is placed next to radiators filled containers generating water heating and steam humidify our stay.

Another less economical way for more effective is to install humidifiers at home.

If we had a very terrible plague, the best way to deal with an initial detection, it is early before the disease spreads over the entire plant.

Once the plague of cochineal appears, he must act quickly and quickly, eliminating all existing mealybugs.

Methods to eliminate and combat cochineal

Once the plant is infected with mealybugs are three ways of cleaning:

  • By using rags soaked in alcohol or water and soap helps
  • They can be used with pesticides
  • You can also choose biological processes

Together with the known aphids, mealybug is one of the most common and harmful pests for our plants. Cochineal combat and eliminate plant is not easy, but today we will explain how!

The lack of humidity is one of the leading causes of the appearance of this parasite, which is dedicated to absorbing nutrients from plants.

If you had the misfortune of running into this plague or if you want to be forewarned, we show you how to remove the cochineal plants.

Cochineal detect in our plants

The cochineal is easy to remove if caught in time.

It is therefore vital to review our plants periodically, paying particular attention to the underside of the leaves, because that is where this home is installed plaga.

One way to eliminate the cochineal of our plants is by dipping a cotton ball in alcohol and clean with it the affected areas of the plant.

It is essential not to leave any alive cochineal because it could infect the plant again.

If the infected plant is too large, or if you have several infected plants, the best way to eliminate the cochineal is by making a solution of rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and hot water.

Plants sprayed with the solution once a week for a month to get rid of the pest.

Another homemade solution is to put half a dozen cigarettes in a container of water for an hour and a half and then water the plants affected with that water.

If cochineal persists after trying these homemade solutions, you should find yourself a phytosanitary solution specific to the removal of cochineal.

Types of mealybugs

Mealybugs there are several types, but the varieties of mealybugs best known are the following:

Cottony cochineal or Coronet (Planococcus citri).

This type of scale insects can attack many plants either inside or outside.

It is a soft-bodied insect and greyish white or pink that can measure up to 4 mm in length and are found mostly in the axils of leaves and other hard to reach places, such as between several stems tangled.

They secrete a silky and shiny white substance (cottony) under which hides the eggs, which causes attacked plants becoming sticky and likely to develop black or bold mold.

Cottony cushion scale roots

This type of attack mealybugs is mostly grown potted plants, namely, cactus, succulents, geraniums, ferns, African violets, and fuchsias.

Are up to 2 mm in length and are coated, along with the roots under the serous white powder.

Soft cochineal

It is a flat flake and oval, yellowish-brown and 3 to 4 mm long, usually on the underside of leaves and especially with the main branches where sometimes, concentrated in large quantities.

Plants are a more frequent bay leaf, lemon, ivy, ferns, and focus, but can also be found in many plants. The leaves of the plant attacked tends to be covered with the sticky substance secreted by the cochineal, which favors the bold appearance.

Corrugated cochineal (Icerya purchase).

This pest attacks many ornamental plants. In its adult stage, the flakes are coated with a hemispherical convex shell dark brown and up to 4 mm in diameter. Edge shaped H.

Nymphs, however, are flat, oval, and yellowish-brown. Usually present in the underside of the leaves and stems and also secrete honeydew.

Sow (Armadillidium opacum).

It is an insect’s pink gray or brown, with the coated body a segmented shell that day is hidden in dark places, such as under pots, logs or rocks, or mounds formed on the substrate surface. They can cause damage to seedlings but not to those already rooted plants.

The appearance taking because of the type of behavior has generated many popular names bug ball or woodlouse,  chanchito ground, or Marranos.

Brown cochineal (Coccus hesperidium).

The stems of many ornamental shrubs and berry fruit exhibit brown scales, especially those individuals growing on a wall or in a sheltered place.

Also, they secrete honeydew, which makes them prone to getting black mold.

Conditions that favor the development of mealybugs

As mentioned above, excessive environmental dryness is one of the first reasons why mealybugs can be played.

Indoor plants are the most attacked and are generally suffer the most from these insects. Primarily because of the specific humidity conditions.

The presence of high heating is a significant factor. This helps contribute to more significant environmental dryness; therefore, it must ensure that the environment does not dry out and thus not favor the appearance of the plague of cochineal.

One way to increase moisture in our homestays is placed next to radiators filled containers generating water heating and steam humidify our stay.

Another less economical way for more effective is to install humidifiers at home.

If we had a very terrible plague, the best way to deal with an initial detection, it is early before the disease spreads over the entire plant.

Once the plague of cochineal appears, he must act quickly and quickly, eliminating all existing mealybugs.

Methods to eliminate and combat cochineal

Once the plant is infected with mealybugs are three ways of cleaning:

  • By using rags soaked in alcohol or water and soap helps
  • They can be used with pesticides
  • You can also choose biological processes

Together with the known aphids, mealybug is one of the most common and harmful pests for our plants. Cochineal combat and eliminate plant is not easy, but today we will explain how!

The lack of humidity is one of the leading causes of the appearance of this parasite, which is dedicated to absorbing nutrients from plants.

If you had the misfortune of running into this plague or if you want to be forewarned, we show you how to remove the cochineal plants.

Cochineal detect in our plants

The cochineal is easy to remove if caught in time.

It is therefore vital to review our plants periodically, paying particular attention to the underside of the leaves, because that is where this home is installed plaga.

One way to eliminate the cochineal of our plants is by dipping a cotton ball in alcohol and clean with it the affected areas of the plant.

It is essential not to leave any alive cochineal because it could infect the plant again.

If the infected plant is too large, or if you have several infected plants, the best way to eliminate the cochineal is by making a solution of rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and hot water.

Plants sprayed with the solution once a week for a month to get rid of the pest.

Another homemade solution is to put half a dozen cigarettes in a container of water for an hour and a half and then water the plants affected with that water.

If cochineal persists after trying these homemade solutions, you should find yourself a phytosanitary solution specific to the removal of cochineal.

Types of mealybugs

Mealybugs there are several types, but the varieties of mealybugs best known are the following:

Cottony cochineal or Coronet (Planococcus citri).

This type of scale insects can attack many plants either inside or outside.

It is a soft-bodied insect and greyish white or pink that can measure up to 4 mm in length and are found mostly in the axils of leaves and other hard to reach places, such as between several stems tangled.

They secrete a silky and shiny white substance (cottony) under which hides the eggs, which causes attacked plants becoming sticky and likely to develop black or bold mold.

Cottony cushion scale roots

This type of attack mealybugs is mostly grown potted plants, namely, cactus, succulents, geraniums, ferns, African violets, and fuchsias.

Are up to 2 mm in length and are coated, along with the roots under the serous white powder.

Soft cochineal

It is a flat flake and oval, yellowish-brown and 3 to 4 mm long, usually on the underside of leaves and especially with the main branches where sometimes, concentrated in large quantities.

Plants are a more frequent bay leaf, lemon, ivy, ferns, and focus, but can also be found in many plants. The leaves of the plant attacked tends to be covered with the sticky substance secreted by the cochineal, which favors the bold appearance.

Corrugated cochineal (Icerya purchase).

This pest attacks many ornamental plants. In its adult stage, the flakes are coated with a hemispherical convex shell dark brown and up to 4 mm in diameter. Edge shaped H.

Nymphs, however, are flat, oval, and yellowish-brown. Usually present in the underside of the leaves and stems and also secrete honeydew.

Sow (Armadillidium opacum).

It is an insect’s pink gray or brown, with the coated body a segmented shell that day is hidden in dark places, such as under pots, logs or rocks, or mounds formed on the substrate surface. They can cause damage to seedlings but not to those already rooted plants.

The appearance taking because of the type of behavior has generated many popular names bug ball or woodlouse,  chanchito ground, or Marranos.

Brown cochineal (Coccus hesperidium).

The stems of many ornamental shrubs and berry fruit exhibit brown scales, especially those individuals growing on a wall or in a sheltered place.

Also, they secrete honeydew, which makes them prone to getting black mold.

Conditions that favor the development of mealybugs

As mentioned above, excessive environmental dryness is one of the first reasons why mealybugs can be played.

Indoor plants are the most attacked and are generally suffer the most from these insects. Primarily because of the specific humidity conditions.

The presence of high heating is a significant factor. This helps contribute to more significant environmental dryness; therefore, it must ensure that the environment does not dry out and thus not favor the appearance of the plague of cochineal.

One way to increase moisture in our homestays is placed next to radiators filled containers generating water heating and steam humidify our stay.

Another less economical way for more effective is to install humidifiers at home.

If we had a very terrible plague, the best way to deal with an initial detection, it is early before the disease spreads over the entire plant.

Once the plague of cochineal appears, he must act quickly and quickly, eliminating all existing mealybugs.

Methods to eliminate and combat cochineal

Once the plant is infected with mealybugs are three ways of cleaning:

  • By using rags soaked in alcohol or water and soap helps
  • They can be used with pesticides
  • You can also choose biological processes

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