my rubber plant has recently gotten some insects. They are white and
furry, relatively big, (ie - i can spot them on a leaf from at least 5 feet),
and ellipsical in shape, (though bordering on circular). It was suggested to
me that they might be mealy bugs.
when i first noticed them i killed all the ones i saw, (about ten on the
whole plant) and washed the leaves. The next day i saw another one and
killed it. Since then i hadn't seen any til yesterday. BUT, that first time i
washed the leaves i went to wash the bottom of the pot and i found all
these really little bugs that i wouldn't necessarily have noticed if i hadn't
looked closer. They look like they might be the babies of these pests.
These are there all the time. I wash the pot every other day, (should be
every day i assume), but they always are there.
my questions are these:
do the white bugs seem like they are mealy bugs to you? (by the way,
they didn't really seem to be doing any harm to the plant except for one
spot on one leaf that looked sort of like a nest because there were about
if they aren't mealy bugs, what could they be?
do you think that they big white ones on the leaves are related to the small
ones underneath the pot?
Are the small ones under the pot actually living in the soil and coming out
through the holes in the bottom of the pot?
if they are in the soil, then are they most likely damaging the plant in a
way i can't see yet?
how do i get rid of these pests?
is there a better word for them than pests?
lastly, could someone point me in the direction of a good book or such
that deals with plant pests, (specifically indoors) really well. Also, if the
book has or if there is a site from which I could download color fotos of
insects, (un/magnified), that would be great. It would make identifying
them much easier for a novice.
thanks ahead for any and all help,
rmuslin at wesleyan.edu