Pest Management

Garden Pests: How to Manage Mealybugs in Your Vegetable Garden

Mealybug blog post
Mealybugs are a small, white, soft-bodied insect typically found in the garden in warmer climates. Mealybugs will feed on plants by sucking sap out of them causing the leaves to yellow and curl. You may notice the plant getting sticky from the honeydew and this will attract ants as well. This blog post talks about how you can manage mealybugs in your garden with our free From Seed to Spoon mobile app!

Treatment Options:

  • Be careful to not overwater or overfertilize your plants as this can attract mealybugs.
  • The best solution is to use 70% isopropyl alcohol. You can apply this directly on mealybugs with a q-tip or a spray bottle if you have a bigger infestation.
  • Beneficial insects such as green lacewings and ladybugs can be helpful to fight mealybugs.
  • Applying neem oil on plants in your garden can also be effective on mealybugs. Make sure not to apply the neem oil when the temperature is above 90, or else you could suffocate your plant!

Plants to Especially Watch for Mealybugs:

  • Plants in a greenhouse
  • Tropical plants
  • Houseplants
  • Ornamental plants, such as cacti and succulents
  • Avocado trees

 

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