Organic Insecticides against Mealybugs

Organic Gardening
Malathion Mealybugs

Pests and diseases occur from time to time even with the best care. It's therefore important to closely inspect your plants from time to time so you can react immediately if you notice a problem. Some pests are more difficult to control than the others, but in any case, it's important to know that it's much easier to control them in the beginning. This is why inspecting your plants is a good idea.

If you notice pests on your house or garden plants, you need to use something to get rid of them. There are many commercial, chemical insecticides on the market but they are often toxic and dangerous for people, animals and the environment. For this reason, it's always better to go with an organic insecticide.

Malathion is an old, organic insecticide that has proven to be very effective in controlling many insects you will typically find on your houseplants, such as mealybugs. However, keep in mind that Malathion may be too strong for some plants, such as jade plants, so a different product must be used.

There is a wide range of homemade insecticides you can make in your kitchen. Whatever you do, though, don't try to get rid of mealybugs by blasting them with water. This can break your plant and also put more water on your plant than it can tolerate.

A good way to get rid of mealybugs that won't damage your plant is to use alcohol. Put some alcohol on cotton swabs to remove mealybugs. It proves to be a simple but effective solution for plants that can't tolerate organic substances such as Malathion.

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