mealybugs

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  1. digbyboxer

    digbyboxer Member

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    I have mealybugs, I think on my jade and orchd plants. Is the best way to get rid of them to wipe them with rubbing alcohol?
     
  2. HortLine

    HortLine Active Member 10 Years

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    Yes alcohol is an effective, although time consuming, way to rid your plants of mealybugs. Using a q-tip dipped in alcohol is useful. Using a horticultural oil spray is also effective. It kills the pests and eggs by suffocation. Because the oil kills on contact good spray coverage is essential. Yet another suggestiong is a forceful stream of water hitting the pests directly so it may be necessary to spray the underside of the leaves . Spray early in the day to allow plants a chance to dry before evening. The spraying may have to be repeated every few days if the infestation is heavy. Good luck!
     

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