Does anybody know how to get rid of mealybugs? All my vine plants got mealybugs and the soap spray doesn’t seem to be working on them. I feel like it’s all over my place.

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it is so hard. I tried every technique to get rid of the mealy bugs in my beloved monstera and spent a year doing so, it was a war i lost. i waved my white flag and threw away my once beautiful plant. 😕


My mom had this problem so I made a homemade insecticide for her and it worked really well. I’m going to paste it for you.

Method 6: Use Homemade Insect Spray
* Step 1: To make a batch of homemade garden pesticide, combine 1 garlic bulb, 1 small onion, and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a food processor or blender and process into a paste. Mix into 1 quart of water and steep for 1 hour.
* Step 2: Strain through a cheesecloth and add 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Mix well.
* Step 3: Spray the solution on the plant parts where mealybugs are present, including the underside of the leaves.
* Step 4: Repeat as needed after a few days if you detect more mealybugs. The mixture can be stored for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.


Thank you

It is really hard to get rid of mealy bugs because of the egg hatching cycle just goes on
If it is on something which you can wipe and remove try if not try neem oil plus water spray
You will need to monitor the situation closely because even if they go initially they will come back as some eggs might have still remained

I had to use a systemic pesticide on two of my pothos that got it and had to throw out two more. I was just about to take the two out of quarantine when I found some young mealy bugs. I am considering trying to catch a lacewing larva or two but I am very frustrated at this point because I have been treating them for months.

Sometimes it’s just too late. 😪

Assuming these plants are indoors. Treat the plant with a systemic insecticide (e.g. imidacloprid) per label instructions, and kill/remove adults on the plants with 70% isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab. Repeat the isopropyl treatment weekly and the insecticide treatment as often as the product label states until the infestation is completely gone. (It may be wise to spot test on a small area of a leaf to make sure the plant isn't injured too badly by the alcohol.)

Treat all affected plants at the same time, and consider preventative treatments of the insecticide on other plants if you're not confident they're clean.

Due to the thick waxy coating they are very hard to kill with anything short of the big guns. If you're not willing to use chemicals your best bet is to toss the plants and start over.

If the plants are outdoors, do not use systemic insecticides as they are extremely harmful to bees and other pollinators. Even if the plant doesn't flower it can be taken up by other plants in the area (via soil or spray drift, including weeds) and can poison bees that way. has a lot of good information, including additional suggestions for both indoor and outdoor plants.

Good luck!

They are the worst

Dot the bugs with rubbing alcohol and spray whole plant once a week with neem solution

Isolate the plant or they will infect eeeeeeverything

At the same time as you are treating, water the plant with diluted organic fertilizer (like something from fish farms kinda thing) to keep it as healthy as possible

You can also try predatory bugs if you get them where you are

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