Comments will be approved before showing up. Make sure your plants were watered well the day before you apply your control – never spray wilted plants. First things first, move the infected plant away from your healthy ones. A mealybug infestation will cause leaves to lose color and wilt. In addition, many mealybug species have projections extending from their body, giving them the appearance of having many legs on the side and rear of the body. Always read the label, some of these treatments can cause light sensitivity and give your succubabies a sunburn if exposed to light directly after application. Mealybugs are tiny white bugs on houseplants, and most commonly look like white fuzzy stuff on plants leaves and stems. The mealy bugs that you see on your plants are the females and the males are rarely seen on the plant and are always flying around. They can cause leaf drop, stunted growth, and yellowing leaves. I want to help people that (like me) don’t know they have a problem. Also, make sure beneficial insects are not present when you spray. This does take time to work so be patient. Mealybugs: a pest insect we should all learn to dread on our plants! These pests harm plants by piercing the plant’s leaves and stems and drinking their sap, which leads to wilting and yellowed leaves. If you notice mealy bugs on your plant, the first thing that you should do is isolate the plant so they do not spread to other plants. If you think you have mealybugs on your plants, read on to find out how to get rid of them. When there is an infestation on your plants, you can identify it by the cotton-like residue they leave on the stems and leaves. Since mealybugs (as well as all other Hemiptera) are hemimetabolous insects, they do not undergo complete metamorphosis in the true sense of the word. You can do the same thing to outdoor plants but use the garden hose. Mealybugs are unstoppable pests that seemingly emerge from thin air, before swiftly killing your beloved green babies. This liquid adheres to leaves and provides a medium for sooty mold to colonize and grow. As you can see, mealybugs can really damage your plants so as soon as you realize you have them, you need to use one of the above suggestions to get rid of them, both adult and the eggs. This stage varies with plant species and indoor temperature. A new plant brought indoors. You may also notice black sooty mold fungus. Their populations can creep up on you and be difficult to control. You can also make a spray of one-quart water with one cup of rubbing alcohol. The water will also help to wash away any cottony residue. Give us a call: A word of warning: You can burn leaves with horticultural soaps and oils. When seen on plants, they look like very small spots of cotton. This is a great natural pesticide and also can help to prevent mealy bugs. What Happens to the Turkey the President Pardons for Thanksgiving? They are a really common houseplant pest. Take care of your plants because when they are healthy they are less susceptible to infestations of mealy bugs. Do not overwater or over-fertilize them as mealy bugs are attracted to plants with soft growth and high nitrogen levels. In addition, many mealybug species have projections extending from their body, giving them the appearance of having many legs on the side and rear of the body. Mealybugs are very small, soft-bodied, oval-shaped insects that are covered with a white, powdery wax coating. They come from warmer climates and can come into your home (or outdoor plants) by bringing home infested plants from a nursery. If the plants appear to be free of mealybugs, it is a good idea to “quarantine” the plants for about two weeks. Neem oil—mix one quart of lukewarm water with two teaspoons of organic neem oil and one teaspoon Castile soap in a spray bottle to spray your plant. As a general rule, much like watering, do not use these products in the peak of the day or when temperatures exceed 90 degrees F to avoid wilting or browning of the leaves. If you suspect you have mealybugs infesting your plants, contact your local Orkin branch office for an inspection and to prepare an integrated mealybug treatment plan to effectively and efficiently resolve the problem. If a minor mealybug infestation is discovered, treating the infested plant(s) may require using alcohol-soaked cotton swabs to treat the insects; removing mealybugs by exposing infested plants to running water; and/or washing the plants with soapy water. Author. Mealybugs sneak up on you. Follow these organic mealybug treatment methods to kill them, …