Mealybugs are a fairly common problem in the garden, but it is by no means something to worry about for a long time. They can be treated very successfully with the help of home remedies. But it would be even better if you noticed them in time and prevented them from spreading. Read our tips and act accordingly. We wish you much success!
Mealybugs are uncomfortable, but by no means such a big drama
Note where mealybugs usually appear
Virtually all types of plants can be affected by mealybugs. However, some of them are more common than others. It is also important to know that these pests not only appear in the visible places, but also in the roots, among other things.
They are of different sizes – the males are much smaller than females. Ornamental plants are often affected. Mealybugs love orchids and cacti.
This is what this pest looks like up close!
The typical signs of spread
We could see these pests right away, but in some cases they are a little more hidden. But there are other signs that will clearly show you that you are now dealing with the mealybug problem. If these are present, you can see a lot of honeydew. Incidentally, this could result in another problem, namely the formation of soot dew fungi. They are often seen as a secondary symptom of mealybugs. After all, these pests leave greasy marks in white color.
Males are much smaller than females
After you have noticed where the mealybugs actually appear, you should keep your eyes open for this. It is very important at which point in time you notice this spread. The sooner that happens, the less home remedies, time and effort you should invest in it. Check the newly purchased potted plants very carefully. Most of the time this is the way through which the mealybugs spread in their own garden.
Mealybugs spread faster
Sometimes picking it up is enough!
This method works well if you have mealybugs on your plants at home and if they are not too many. In such a case, you could probably just keep them under the sun and remove the pests by hand. You definitely need good gloves to protect yourself. As a precaution, mealybugs then have to be collected in a bag and thrown away. You should have the right expectations. Mealybugs cannot be removed by one-time collection. You have to repeat this action several times.
Cacti and succulents are particularly badly affected
Prepare your own home remedies with methylated spirits or soap
Mixtures like this are easy to make and it doesn’t take that much time. You can dissolve methylated spirits in a liter of water and that would be enough to counteract them effectively. The same applies to the soft soap. Here we would also recommend the ratio of one to ten.
It is best to keep the affected plants under “quarantine” for a while
Finished ecological aids
Mealybugs are by no means a stubborn problem and you don’t need chemistry. At least not if the dimensions are really not devastating. But only a few people have the problem. Let’s hope you don’t! As soon as the whole thing is within limits, choose sustainable products against pests that contain the active ingredient pyrethrum.
Sometimes mealybugs are found at the roots in large groups
The affected plants should be temporarily separated from the others
After you have treated the plant, it takes some time until the mealybugs are completely gone. In the meantime, they could skip to other plants. It makes sense to temporarily separate them from the other plants. If they’re in a saucepan, put them aside. Otherwise, you can wrap them with a plastic cover and separate them from the others.
In any case, this problem can be solved fairly easily and you shouldn’t despair of it at all. We wish you a wonderful summer garden!
If the plants are not too many, the mealybugs can simply be picked up
These pests leave many slimy traces
You should rarely use strong chemicals against mealybugs
Honeydew is a typical sign of the presence of mealybugs
Mealybugs could sometimes form huge groups