Answer: Mealybugs are soft-bodied scale insects. Most common mealybugs resemble cotton tufts on the underside of leaves.<br>They secrete excess plant sugars that attracts ants.<br><br>Where possible, spray the plants, including the undersides of leaves, with a strong stream of water, or with a Q-tip apply a drop of alcohol directly onto the cotton tufts. A soap spray can be used, such as Safer Insecticidal Soap. Be sure to follow directions on container. You can make your own soap spray by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of liquid soap, such as Ivory, to a gallon of water. Do not use a detergent.
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