Pest Management

How to Manage Mealybugs

Mealybug blog post
Mealybugs are a small, white, soft-bodied insect typically found in warmer climates. They 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.

Treatment Options:

  • Be careful to not overwater or overfertilize your plants as this can attract them.
  • The best solution is to use 70% isopropyl alcohol. You can apply this directly on them 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 these mealybugs.
  • Applying neem oil can also be effective. 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:

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


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