How To Get Rid Of Mealy Bugs
Succulent plants are unique plants that can survive living even in the driest place with very little rain. If you are wondering how this is possible, it is because succulent plants can easily store water in their roots, leaves, and stems. Some popular examples of succulent plants are aloe vera, moonstone, cactus, etc.
Succulent plants will not only add beauty to your home, they are also very easy to grow and maintain. If you are planning to make your plant collection bigger, you need to consider buying succulent plants.
The only problem you are likely to encounter when growing succulent plants are pests. Mealy bugs are pests that are popular for feeding on the soft tissues of succulent plants. If you don’t deal with this problem right away, you won’t enjoy your succulent plants for a long time.
Mealy bugs are extremely small and they look very natural, this is why it is very hard to identify them. Most of the time, you can find them staying under the leaves of your succulent plant. They also have a very light color that you won’t be able to notice right away especially if you are looking at your plant from far. When looking at your succulent plant, check if there are any white and waxy substance on it, this is an indication that it is suffering from a mealy bug infestation.
Make it a habit to check the leaves and the pots of your succulent plants every now and then to make sure they are safe from mealy bugs. If you notice small balls of white wax, these are the female mealy bugs nesting their young. Once you do, save your plants by getting rid of them as soon as possible. Failure to do so will cause them to multiply and destroy your other plants.
How can we exterminate mealy bugs?
Be calm and don’t panic if you see that some of your succulent plants have mealy bugs on them. Contrary to the belief of many, you won’t have a hard time eliminating these pests. If the mealy bug infestation is only beginning and you don’t see a lot of them, just dab the white part with a small amount of denatured alcohol and they will be exterminated within seconds.
But if you see that they have already multiplied and that they are scattered all over your plant, you have to spray them with a solution. Make a mixture of 2/3 alcohol and 1/3 water. Then you need to place the solution in a bottle spray. Lots of gardeners are very successful when exterminating mealy bugs using this mixture. When using denatured alcohol, it is not advisable that you spray too much. Keep in mind that the fumes are not good for your plant.
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