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October 8, 2009

Sometime during the early spring I started to notice that one of my house plants had what looked like cotton on it.  I washed the plant and within a few days the cotton was back.

IMG_7825I searched the web to find out what it could be. I discovered that it was a mealybug  infestation.   Some sites suggested buying a pesticide for it, others had home remedies, such as spraying the plant with rubbing alcohol.

If you know me, then you know that I went with the home remedy.  I sprayed my plant  with five parts alcohol, one part water and a dash of dish soap, as directed. The first couple of days or so it appeared as if the solution worked.  The mealybugs would go away for what seemed like several weeks then I would notice a new spot of infestation.  I even tried to re-pot the plant with all new soil.

Luckily for me the plant was still alive.  But unfortunately the bugs came back, and to make matters worse I started to notice them on another plant.


It only took me 5 months to give up on the home remedies and get my ass to a nursery and get some of the good stuff.  Good old pesticides!  Ferti Lome Whitefly and Mealybug killer to spray the plant and Bonide Houseplant Insect Control to place in the soil.   I treated my plants over a month ago and am happy to report the mealybugs are gone.

One Comment leave one →
  1. FRAN MALONE permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:36 am

    You should have tried VINEGAR!!!

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