The Q&A Archives: Eradicating Mealybugs

Question: Several of my neighbors and I have azaleas loaded with mealybugs. Is there a NATURAL way to kill them? I've heard of using an Ivory soap solution but don't know what the right mixture is or if this can be used on azaleas without harm. Any suggestions? Tom Wieder Baldwin, NY

Answer: Mealybugs can be killed with insecticidal soap ( a commercial soap mixture that is safe for plants) or horticultural oil ( an oil product that can be sprayed on green leaves). Both should be available from your local garden supply store. Check the labels to be sure you can spray them on azaleas. They will indicate which plants to avoid.

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