Since we are in the middle of the spring season and it is beginning to be necessary to combat pests, today we are going to learn how to eliminate mealybugs from plants . These parasites come to them as soon as the environment is warm and, above all, dry.
Take note of these tips and tricks to prevent your plants from going bad.
There are two types of remedies against these parasites: natural and chemical . Each of them must be applied in a different way, so let’s see it separately:
Chemical remedies or insecticides are highly recommended when the plague is already very advanced. We will use a product whose active ingredient is chlorpyrifos , which acts by contact, ingestion and inhalation, and also remains for a long time in the leaves. The frequency will tell us the container itself: but in general it is usually every 15 days.
We must spray the entire plant well : both sides of the leaves, trunks/stems, flowers,… and I even recommend that from time to time you add a few drops (or a spray) to the irrigation water to eliminate those that could be in the root system.
If we opt for natural remedies, we must know that the improvement will take longer to arrive. In fact, they are recommended more as preventive treatments. Even so, if you are like me an ecological lover and accept the challenge of eliminating these annoying parasites while taking care of the environment, what you can do is take a cotton swab (the one we use to clean our ears) and soak the cotton with alcohol of pharmacy .
Is your plant too big? In that case , dilute a few drops of methylated spirit and liquid soap in a liter of water in a spray bottle, and spray the entire plant with this mixture. And if some remain, we will remove them with a rag. You can also use potassium soap and Neem Oil , which although they are not homemade, are two natural products whose joint action has proven to be very effective against mealybugs.