Carnivorous Plants/insecticide

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in one of you online videos you recommend spraying for aphids and mealy bugs with what appears to be Bayer Rose and Flower Insect Killer. i have ants farming mealy bugs in the roots of my s. rubras and want to make sure i'm using the correct insecticide.

thank you! love your videos!

doug

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Hi Doug,

The Bayer 3 in 1 works well, as does the Bayer Rose and Flower insect killer.  Both contain imidacloprid, which is systemic and will kill sucking insects fairly well.  Be sure to follow directions on the package.  

Also try and practice some prevention.  If you have a way to keep the plants away form the ants (I know, not possible if they're in a bog garden) that will help.  Try to physically remove as many mealy bugs as possible too.  You can do this with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.  Also, with S. rubra varieties, they become very dense in their rhizome crowns.  Be sure to remove dead leaves, and it's good to divide them every couple of years.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest
http://www.cobraplant.com

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