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Mealybug Cures

Learn How To Control Mealybugs

Mealybug Cures. Learn how to control mealybugs to showcase a beautiful garden.

Looking for Mealybug cures? There are a few ways to get rid of these common garden pests.

But before I get into Mealybug cures, find out why we get them in the first place.

Mealybugs are white, soft-body cotton-like insects that love warm, moist climates. They will invade your garden, house plants and anywhere they find these climate conditions; subtropics, greenhouses, etc.

They feed on the leaves and stem juices, sucking the nutrients out of the plant making them weak and causing the leaves to curl and turn yellow and die.

Mealybugs become a real problem when ants are around because ants will protect these bugs from predators and parasites so they can feed on the sweet sap left behind.

There are many different types of Mealybugs but they all look similar.


Besides attacking the leaves and stems, Root Mealybugs will attack the roots of your plants. Read more about them below.

How to Get Rid Of Mealybugs

Mealybugs and the ants that protect them.

  • If you have a small infestation of them you can prune your plants to get rid of Mealybugs.
  • Just like with aphids, you can rub the leaves and stems or just pick them off of the plant to squish them.
  • Another way to get rid of Mealybugs is to use 70% isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol and water on a q-tip and rub these common garden pests to kill them.
  • You can also use 50% isopropyl alcohol and 1% dish soap which you can spray any where you see these bugs.
  • Beneficial insects are another way to destroy Mealybugs. Ladybugs and lacewing insects will kill Mealybugs.
  • Other natural ways are to use a bug blaster. It’s a steady 360 degree stream of water to spray both the top and bottom of the leaves. Although this way isn’t one hundred percent effective, it will kill about 70% of the adult and all the young pests.

 Have other ways to get rid of these common garden pests? Let us know here.

Root Mealybug Cures

Root Mealybugs are very hard to spot. They are mixed into the soil around the roots of your plants which is what they feed on.

To prevent Root Mealybugs:

  • Always inspect your plants before you buy them. If it is root bound it can encourage Root Mealybugs.
  • Always use clean pots and soil when replanting
  • Bag any infected soil and dispose of in the garbage
  • Be careful not to let water from infected plants leak out as the young Mealybugs will infect other nearby plants.

To kill these bugs on the roots try putting the roots in hot water (about 120 degrees F) for a few seconds. This will kill any bugs that are attached to the roots.

Or you can dispose of the plant, pot and soil into the garbage to prevent further infection.

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