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QUESTION: I have these tiny black, crawling bugs down inside the leaves of my huge ponytail palm.  I can't find out what they are and how to get rid of them, hopefully eco friendly!  thanks.....don't want to loose my plant


Do you keep your Ponytail Palm indoors or outdoors?


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QUESTION: Outdoors on my screened in porch.  I live in Port Richey, FL, just north of Clearwater.

Hi Julie,

I have never seen "tiny black crawling bugs" on a Ponytail Palm that is kept indoors. Ponytails can attract white mealybugs; dark brown scale insects that do not crawl; and black flying fungus gnats. I suspect what you are seeing is some insect pest that is indigenous to your local area that, as an indoor plant expert, I have no experience with.

~Will Creed  

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