Alcohol Kills Mealy Bugs: Works every time

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Alcohol Kills Mealy Bugs

By Boopaints
April 17, 2012

If you find mealy bugs on the coleus or other plants, dab them with a q-tip dipped in alcohol. They die instantly. I keep a bottle of alcohol and q-tips near the coleus plants so I don’t need to run indoors for some.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 17, 2012 3:15 AM CST
... and very economical. Great to kill scale as well.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Apr 17, 2012 9:43 AM CST
I can't figure out why (in Arizona anyway) aphids want to gobble up my coleus. Is it because it's dry? I have a lot of coleus in containers in doors and they are never bothered. But outside, well, lets say I fight the aphid war every day with my q-tip!
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Name: bree
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bree
Apr 17, 2012 3:05 PM CST
yep! i use metholated spirits with water and cotton balls and q tips on my orchids getting rid of scale.
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plantmanager
May 18, 2016 7:33 PM CST
This works great! Boo, my indoor ones are fine, and the outdoor and Greenhouse plants have aphids, mealy bugs, and every other insect known to man. What I hate is when the mealy bugs get into my cactus or my Portulacaria afra. It's nearly impossible to touch each one with alcohol.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
May 31, 2016 11:08 AM CST
I have mealy bugs and the way they can destroy things. Glad alcohol helps on some of our plants.
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