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How to get Rid of these Common Garden Pests
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
invade garden plants, house plants and anywhere they find these climate
conditions; subtropics, greenhouses, etc.
feed on the plants 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 Mealybugs
from predators and parasites so they can feed on the sweet sap left from the
many different types of Mealybugs but they all look similar.
How to Get Rid Of Mealybugs
- If you have a small infection of them you can prune you
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
can be sprayed on your infected plants.
- Beneficial insects are another way to destroy Mealybugs. Ladybugs,
Mealybug destroyers and lacewing insects will kill Mealybugs.
- Other natural ways to control Mealybugs is 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 Mealybugs 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 the plant
is root bound it can encourage Root Mealybugs.
- Always use clean pots and soil to replant your plants
- Bag any infected soil and dispose of in the garbage
- Be careful not to let water from infected plants to leak out
as the young Mealybugs will infect other nearby plants.
Mealybugs on the roots of your plants try putting the roots of your plant in
hot water (about 120 degrees F) for a few seconds. This will kill any Mealybugs
that are attached to the roots.
Or you can dispose of the plant, pot and soil into the garbage to prevent further infection to other plants.
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Common Garden Pests