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Posted 1M ago by @TattedHibiscus

Horse beetle help!
So I just got this hibiscus a week or two ago and I noticed it had maybe 2 small black bugs on it so I flicked them off and sprayed it (see below). 2 days after spraying I noticed A BUNCH more on the branches and under a couple leaves.

Has anyone else had experience with horse beetles? Any idea how to get rid of them? #PestControl #horsebeetle #help #helpneeded #Hibiscus #ChineseHibiscus
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 days ago
@TattedHibiscus I never have had that experience.

Wipe off insects elsewhere with a damp rag or spray them off with water in the bathtub. You can also dislodge them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or vegetable oil, or spray them with insecticidal soap. Keep removing them weekly until they're gone.
@KikiGoldblatt what about soil wise? Do I need to spray it with anything in there?
@TattedHibiscus what I do when I see bugs cause they can work there way into the soil, I always replace the soil. That’s just me.
I found mineral oil to be an awesome pest killer without it severely hurting my hibiscus plants. I follow the instructions when diluting it in water and spraying it on my plants after it's been on the plant for about an hour I spray the plant down and repeat as Necessary. οΏΌοΏΌ
@PrizedBokchoi I’ll have to try this if needed! Have you had issues with horse beetles before?
@TattedHibiscus I have not seen this insect on any of my plants yet thank heavens. 🀞 I live in the high desert in Eagle Mountain, Utah. So I'm hoping our climate keeps them away. I have experienced all the other bugs however and it's hard to find something that works without doing damage to my beautiful plant's foliage and being effective in slaying the bugs that have got to go. πŸ€ͺ😬

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