Hello everyone - I’m in USDA Hardiness Zone 10a - North County Coastal San Diego. We have very mild winters, and this winter we finally had average rainfall, which really seemed to let all the insects out this spring.
I did a lot of repotting early this year, and overall the trees seem to be doing well. However, when spring hit, I started to get Mealy Bugs over the new growth on my JBPs. I started to control it with neem oil, and then as the weather started to heat up and the mealys started to really get moving; I have moved into using Bonide’s Systemic Insect Control. The mealys are still coming and I seem to be losing the battle…
My question is: what is the next step? With all this tender new growth after repotting, there is a lot of growth for the mealy bugs to get into. Can someone please recommend another product that I might not be aware of please?
Thanks for all the help ahead of time. B