There cochineal it is the main enemy of succulents, which are generally quite easy to care for but which, in front of this hemiptera insect, can go into crisis and even die.
The problem is that the mealybugs, with their waxy shields, they are difficult to find among the thorns and folds of the stems. Perhaps that is precisely why the cochineal likes succulents.
The natural remedy easier to remove the mealybugs from succulents is to completely immerse the plant in a solution of white oil, while avoiding wetting the growing soil by covering it with paper or plastic.
The right time to carry out the treatment with white oil on succulents against infestation of mealybugs it is late spring because that is the period in which the nymphs, that is the small larvae, of these fearsome parasites are born.
A type of cochineal particularly subtle is the cottony cochineal of the roots, which is a very annoying infestation and typical of succulents and cacti. The presence of this insect is noted by removing the plant from the pot and inspecting the roots, where in the case of infestation you will notice small cottony flakes in the part of the soil outermost to the bread and in contact with the internal walls of the pot.
There cottony cochineal it is fought with the manual removal of the cottony bows and with the change of the pot, including the complete replacement of the soil with a new and uninfested one.
Another type of cochineal that can attack our succulents is there brown cochineal. In this case, the infestation consists of raised brown spots that can be detached with the nail on the surface of the plant. The problem is that, as we said, in the case of succulents, the surface is often covered with thorns and folds that make insects unreachable.
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