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  • Gretna, LA
Asked on May 28, 2012

How do I get rid of mealybugs on inpatiens?

ToniDouglas Hunt

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  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 29, 2012

    Your best defense is a good offense, Carolina. That is, give every plant a good looking over before you buy it to make sure you are not introducing a problem to your garden. For mealybugs, look for white flecks or cottony residues along leaf midribs, on leaf or stem axils and on the underside of leaves. Botanigard is one biological control that has shown some effectivensess. For a chemical control to be effect, you will have to apply it when the mealybugs are very young, in their crawler stage, because this is when their bodies have the least developed waxy covering. To start with the least toxic solution, a strategy we always recommend, try spraying with an insecticidal soap, to help dissolve the wax coating, following by horticultural oil (making note of any temperature-related use restrictions). Good luck!

  • Toni
    on Jan 3, 2016

    Ego friendly, lemon water or Joy dish soap, insects don't like lemons...

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