Yes, you can declare victory over mealy bug infestation organically, without the use of toxic chemical pesticides.
Mealy Bugs are slow-moving, small, oval shaped pests that can be incredibly difficult to get rid off. Mealy Bugs tend to congregate in large numbers, forming white cottony masses. Females lay eggs in a cottony white mass. The eggs hatch in 10 days and "crawlers" wander away to feed on branches, twigs or leaves.
Adults and nymphs suck plant juices from all parts of the plant, particularly new growth. Leaves wither and turn yellow, and fruits drop prematurely. Mealybugs excrete honeydew on leaves that supports the growth of sooty mold.
Mealybugs are difficult to control once they have had time to establish themselves. Control of mealy bugs requires constant vigilance and repeated spraying.
Neem products have a repellent effect on some mealybugs (Saxena, 2002). Neem oil is effective for mealybug suppression. Neem oil is generally considered safe for humans, pets, and plants unlike usual chemical insecticides.
Neem oil is an all natural organic insecticide. Unlike the toxic chemicals Neem oil interrupts the pests reproduction cycle and is therefore useful in eliminating Mealy Bugs from your plants.
How to use:
Mix 5 ml (1 ounce) pure Neem oil with 2.5 ml (1/2 ounce) mild liquid soap and 1000 ml (4 cups) water. Mix Neem oil and liquid soap first and then add water. Mix it thoroughly. Fill the sprayer and use immediately.
Neem oil solution smothers the Mealy Bugs, therefore complete coverage of all plant parts are essential. Repeat every 5-7 days until the infestation comes under control. You will see results in about 10 - 15 days.
The main caution about the Neem oil solution spray is that the spray should never be applied to plants on hot days (85° F+) or in direct sunlight, as to prevent burning of tissues.
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