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  1. The Mealybugs are BACK!

    July 1, 2007 by Jocelyn

    The Mealybugs:

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    I thought I had finally gotten rid of them a few months ago, and I haven’t seen them since- until this morning. Luckily I found them on the one Jade plant that is pretty much quarantined already. It is one of the few plants that I have in my living room, and luckily my other vulnerable plants are all upstairs. After I discovered the little pests, I ran upstairs to get my weapon of choice: my Vanilla Mint mouthwash. Thank you, Listerine.

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    Needless to say, the Mealybugs don’t like the minty freshness of Listerine as much as I do. As soon as it touches them, they turn an orangey brown color and shrivel up. I always make sure to wipe my Jade plant down with water after putting the mouthwash on it. Anyways, after I was convinced that I had found all of these little bugs, I tallied the final body count at 6. Not very many, and I’m sure there will be a few more that I missed showing up within the next week or so. But I am confident that my method works, and with a little persistence they will eventually all be goners.

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  2. Mealybug Mayhem!

    March 20, 2007 by Jocelyn

    pink_hibiscus_mealybug.jpgI am really peeved right now, because I keep finding mealybugs on my jade plants! Just a little background, my roomie and I got a bunch of plant clippings from our university greenhouse last summer. This included several clippings from Coleus plants (which mealybugs apparently LOVE). And of course, these Coleus plants were carrying them! We eventually just ended up having to throw the Coleus plants away, because the mealybugs just would not go away. Seriously, we did everything except order large quantities of expensive, exotic bugs to eat them off.

    Anyways, ever since this Coleus incident, I have been finding these stupid bugs on my jade plants. Now I know that it might be smart just to throw these plants away and start anew, but I just cannot admit defeat to these little monsters! That and jade plants are my absolute favorite houseplant, I couldn’t just throw them all away (I have about 6 of them).

    The one thing that I haven’t tried yet is an alcohol spray. I think that it should definitely work, but I just haven’t wanted to risk burning the leaves of my plants. The last few times, I have used a little bit of alcohol on a cotton swab to kill them, then rinsed the leaves with water. This didn’t burn the leaves, so I think it should be okay. So next time I see any of those creepy little things on my plants, I’m getting the alcohol spray out! They are going down!