Aphids also remove plant sap and cause distorted growth or yellowing leaves. The sticky substance would be the honey dew created by the mealy bug this is excrement from the bugs.
To quickly recap the most common types of christmas cactus bugs are.
Insect droppings on and around christmas cactus. Although most problems associated with cacti and succulents grown as houseplants are bacterial or fungal diseases caused by overwatering they do get the occasional insect pest. We hope that you have learned something new and are now ready to tackle those pests once and for all. There are a few common cactus pests that are known to eat succulents.
Scale insects hemiptera on night blooming cereus epiphyllum oxypetalum also called dutchman s pipe cactus or night queen. New buds may appear misshapen. In its early stages you can simply scrape the waxy substance from the leaves.
Warning signs of an infestation on the christmas cactus appear on new growth or the underside of leaves. Feb 25 2017 christmas cactus is a relatively low maintenance pest resistant plant but it can fall victim to a number of harmful pests. These bugs move around very slowly and it can seem like they are still.
Insecticidal soap is also effective. Very often when nesting they hide around the base of succulent plants just below soil level or under the old dried leaves of mesembs such as lithops. Throughout this blog we have discussed the 4 most common types of christmas cactus bugs you will likely find on your houseplant.
Scale seem to prefer shade and as seen in the pictures here they may occupy every open space on the shady side of the plant and leave the sunny side untouched. The first sign of a problem is often small balls of white fluff on the plant on cactus spines or around the base or under the rim of pots. Scale these christmas cactus insects can suck the sweet juices and decimate a plant in a hurry scale is recognized by the waxy outer covering usually on the undersides of leaves and stems.
Mealy bugs often accumulate to feed on the tender tissues at or near the growing point. Common christmas cactus bugs recap. The bugs will likely be found concentrated in the foliage crowns.
Scale bugs multiply very rapidly and usually cover specific spots on the cactus sucking the juices. Find out what cactus pest you have and how to get rid of it. If you notice tiny bugs in christmas cactus take heart.
These pear shaped insects are 1 16 to 1 8 inch long. This gives the entire plant a fuzzy or frosted appearance. However scale insects multiply quickly and can completely cover the surface of a cactus in just a few days.
Aphids are often light green in color but may also be pink brown yellow or black. Because cacti often have sharp and pointy spines this deters many predators naturally which makes them appealing to small bugs who can fit between the spines. Mealy bug will look almost like white lint to most people.
This article will help with treating christmas cactus pests. They can also be yellow and there are many other types of scale bugs. Scale bugs are brown in color females have white coating.
In case of large infestations systemic insecticides may be the best solution. The crowns will probably need to be cut out to begin treating the plant.