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Disease but Light to continue on!

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I noticed the morning sunshine Kissing the edges of our ficus trees.

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But looking lower, I discovered dark disease spots on the leaves and then clusters of white spun cotton fluff appearing at intervals.

I was surprised that the trees continue to grow in spite of obvious disease.

Kind of metaphor for our nations.

Asher
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
Direct treatment of the bugs is not likely to work on a large plant outside. I would cut and remove the infected parts, as ficus trees regrow very fast. Then, I would use ant traps to get rid of the ants which protects the mealy bugs.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Direct treatment of the bugs is not likely to work on a large plant outside. I would cut and remove the infected parts, as ficus trees regrow very fast. Then, I would use ant traps to get rid of the ants which protects the mealy bugs.
That’s good to know, Jérôme!

We can spray for the ants.

I will tell them gardener to cut them out as you suggest

Interesting that males are very poorly developed and don’t eat!

I have to watch the brown spots As to what disease that could be. In the past we had Cuban thrip that lays edges that develop inside the leaf between the ll upper and lower layers and create a bubble home inside!

Asher
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
I would not spray ants, as that does not really work. There are ant traps, small boxes which contain poisoned sugar solution. The ants take that home and the nest dies. If you cut the infected leaves, you will remove the ants food supply, so the traps will work better.
 

James Lemon

Well-known member
Except all our ants have become snobs. The eschew sugary treats. They are only seduced by protein traps or flame throwers!

Asher
The product will leave a trail for others to follow back to the nest. Ants also like to share food back at the nest with their friends, including the Queen, eventually killing everybody. The tactic is truly diabolical !!!

James
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
The product will leave a trail for others to follow back to the nest. Ants also like to share food back at the nest with their friends, including the Queen, eventually killing everybody. The tactic is truly diabolical !!!
James,

They worked 6 months ago! We must have wiped out a score of queens. But this colony is likely a complex of many miles. The new ants only want protein and totally ignore sugary bait!

So I finally gave in and had the garden sprayed selectively at the perimeters for the ants. We have wiped them out for the past 3 months!

We are strict to limit spraying so as not to harm the rest of the insects and the birds. We have a place where crickets thrive and I check tgst they are not being harmed!

Asher
 
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