Cochineal? No thanks!

Cochineal: know it to prevent it

by Valentina Addante

The heat has arrived and with it she begins to appear: the cochineal.

It is a parasite, which by attaching itself to the leaf blade, manages to pierce it to suck the sap.

Furthermore, by sucking the sap, it releases the so-called "honeydew", a sugary substance, which ants are fond of. For this reason, the cochineal is often accompanied by an invasion of ants! 😱

cochineal

Magnification of the parasite

To the naked eye, it appears mostly in the form of a cotton swab or a white or black shield.

Cotton Cochineal

Shield Cochineal

Now you are wondering why it forms, can I prevent it? Of course!

The first thing to do is to choose a place with good air circulation; the cochineal loves closed places with poor ventilation.

Another action to take is constant stapling. Too dense vegetation can create poor ventilation and therefore favor cochineal.

Have you come to read this article too late?

Don't panic!

Immediately intervene with the Cifo Anticocciniglia based on mineral oil , ready to use, without the need to dilute it.

Anti-cochineal based on Mineral Oil - Cifo

Wait until the sun has set and spray it directly on the canopy. Make sure you wet both the top and bottom of the leaf and repeat the process after about 7 days.

As soon as you are sure you have eradicated them, give your bonsai a good clean. Add a drop of degreaser to the water, it will allow you to remove the residual greasy patina present on the leaves, making it return as good as new!

And if for you prevention is better than cure, with the first heat, immediately apply the BIO CIFO based on 100% natural Linseed Oil

BIO anti-cochineal based on Linseed Oil - Cifo

100% organic and natural, it will create the natural insect barrier your bonsai needs. This product does not need to be diluted and can be applied directly on the leaves.

Now you know!

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