What is this White Fuzzy Bug????

texascockatoos(7B)July 6, 2010

Does anyone know what this white fuzzy bug is?

It's about the size of a grain of rice.

He's been on this fig for about a week and there is no sign of him doing any damage to it.



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99% sure it is a Mealy bug.

Get a Q-tip swab and rubbing alcohol and dab it directly onto the bug, Should turn reddish brown at contact.
Repeat on as many bugs as you can and then get a spray bottle fill 20% to 30% with alcohol and the rest with water and spray the entire tree and pot. Repeat this spray again in a couple of days. But don't do it in direct sunlight of course.

I usually get this problem on my citrus trees during the Winter months and that's what I do.

I also use Safer brand insect soap. It is non-toxic and contains seaweed extract. But no need for that while the plants are outside, You could kill the good bugs too.

Good luck,

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 9:08AM
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That looks like an immature plant hopper. Just touch his back and if he leaps off, if so that's likely what it is. They secrete a waxy coating to hide in. Don't do much damage here. The adults are usually around somewhere--they have wings, but can really jump.


    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 9:28PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I does look like the nymphal stage of the flatid planthopper.


    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 7:27PM
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