Learn How To Control Mealybugs
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.
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.
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.
many different types of Mealybugs but they all look similar.
How to Get Rid Of Mealybugs
- 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
- 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
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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Common Garden Pests