Mealybugs on Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Lake worth, FL
Question by Barfa1008
March 2, 1998
How do I get rid of mealybugs in my vegetable garden?


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 1998

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Mealybugs are soft-bodied scale insects. Most common mealybugs resemble cotton tufts on the underside of leaves.
They secrete excess plant sugars that attracts ants.

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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