(Noxious Bamboo Mealybug) Antonina pretiosa ferris infestation
Hi everyone! Bad news for me - I just purchased my first bamboo (Phyllostachys atrovaginata) and have discovered it is infested with Noxious Bamboo Mealybugs. You can see pictures of them (not on my plants but the same buggers) here:
I was wondering if any of you have experience with this particular mealybug and have any suggestions for eradicating them. I would like to avoid the pesticide route as I plan on eventually consuming the new shoots from this plant once it matures and don't want to start off by bombarding the area with toxins... if possible...
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
George the Bamboo-Noob from New Jersey