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My Mexican pinguicula collection has been infested with mealybugs. They attacked where the roots and the rosette meet. Several plants have lost their roots entirely due to this.
Is imidicloprid safe to use on my Mexican pinguicula?
How can I be sure these pests are entirely eradicated? How can I get the plants win root loss to grow back their roots?

Hi Campbell,

Imidacloprid is safe on Mexican Pings, but it just isn't that effective on mealy bugs.  Neem works better, but you will have to repeat usage a few times.  What you should do is up-pot your plants, then spray them, including the roots.  Repot in fresh soil, in clean, sterilized pots.  (Eggs and crawlers can be on pots.)  Test this on one plant before you treat the others.  Butterworts can be delicate, so you need to see how they are going to respond.  If you see damage, I can look into a different course of action for you.  Let me know how it goes.

Good Growing!

Jeff Dallas
Sarracenia Northwest

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