Ficus - bugs or normal?

Discussion in 'Garden Pest Management and Identification' started by Barbara Lloyd, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Found tiny, waxy, oval, white things where the stem attaches to the leaf of my ficus. Picture isn't that great. I don't think they are mealies because they are not at all cottony/fuzzy. When I squish one it is waxy and faintly sticky. Anyone have any ideas? barb
     

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    K Baron Well-Known Member

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    Chances are that this bug is causing the leaf drop... try spraying with a safer's soap mixture and alcohol.
     
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    probably some type of scale - i'd use the safer's soap or something similar.
     
  4. Barbara Lloyd

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    There is no leaf drop. I pulled off leaves that were begining to brown to show that almost all bugs I found were living at the leaf end of the petiole. You can just barely seem them in the photo. Otherwise the plant is quite healthy. barb
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    What you're seeing could be drops of sap that sometimes appear. It seems normal for this particular plant.
     
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    even though the pic is fuzzy, i can see that the white things are on a couple of the leaves - right on the central vein, too. seems to me that they're bugs rather than the white sap that these plants produce when damaged.

    you can try the soap or you can try q-tips dipped in rubbing alcohol - touch to the bugs to kill them and then use freshly dipped swabs to wipe the leaves/stems (get crevises well) to kill any eggs and newly hatched juveniles. retreat in 7-10 days and again in another 7-10 days if needed.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I'm suggesting the substance at the end of the petiole is the result of a normal process and is not associated with damage to the leaf. A clearer picture would help.
     
  8. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    I think I've found it! See below.

    http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/pests/msg120650128978.html

    Heavens, I sure hope so! Each waxy deposit is in exactly the same place on each leaf. The deposits I put on the black piece of paper have not moved, and when squished between finger nails there is no evidence of internal organs - just the waxy smear.

    Thanks to everyone for your help and ideas. I do not want to spend hrs and a box of Q-tips de-bugging. I will watch it to make sure nothing else develops. ;)) barb
     

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