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String of pearls sticky and has white stuff

Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 86
Please help! I have 3 lovely plants, all of which have these white things on them. Pls see pics. They are also sticky. I don’t think it’s mealy bugs as it’s not cobwebby (I’ve dealt with them before) but you never know. 


  • I think they are mealy bugs, but very young. I use Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to deal with them, which should kill them whatever they are.
  • Adey.Adey. Burntwood, Staffs.Posts: 25
    If the alcohol doesn't kill them - it will certainly give them a bad headache next morning!
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,644
    I think they are perhaps tiny aphids, or maybe whitefly, but I can't zoom the picture in far enough to see them clearly.
  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 86
    thanks all. I’ll try washing them off and see what happens 😌
  • AsarumAsarum East AngliaPosts: 582
    I have exactly the same problem on the same plant. I manage to keep them at bay with a small paint brush, meths and patience!
    East Anglia
  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 86
    What are meths pls? Do u know if neem oil can be sprayed on if diluted? This worked on a cacti of mine which is now thriving. Many thanks
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