how to get rid of mealybugs on succulents :
ok first thing first.
Mealybug: a common houseplant pest that eats new growth on the plant, it’s that cottony-looking thing on your succulent leaves, By definition, mealybugs are soft-skinned and sap-sucking scale insects that multiply and form colonies if not quickly controlled. ( watch the picture below )
- put the infected succulent in quarantine, move it away, so it doesn’t infect more plants
- clean your infected plants by taking the plant out of the pot
- rinsing them under a strong stream of water.
- Clean the pot in hot, soapy water.
- Letting the plant and pot dry then replant with new soil.
- Throw away the old soil in regular trash and not the green bin
- if you don’t have new soil, heat the old soil on the microwave you can put the soil inside an oven-safe container covered with foil, then bake at 180-200°F for at least 30 minutes, or when the soil temperature reaches 180°F.
- Then let cool and replant.
- if its possible get new soil since there might still be mealybug eggs left in the old soil.
How To kill the Mealybugs :
First is rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
Rubbing alcohol 75% is the cheapest yet most effective method against aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Simply spray the succulents thoroughly and leave them there.
You will notice the bug starts turning brown, which means they’re dead.
The alcohol will completely evaporate in a few minutes so it won’t damage the plants.
Do this every week until you don’t see any more bugs.
If you don’t have a spray bottle, you could use a Q-tip to paint-brush any spot with mealy bugs. (this will take more patience and more time)
After a few hours, rinse the plant with water to get rid of the dead bugs.
make sure you don’t put the plant out in the full sun to avoid watermarks or sunburn.
Keep them away from the window or direct sunlight for a few days.