Posted 3w ago by @beaubatea

My golden pothos got mealybugs again. They’ve had them once before but I thought I got rid of them (I guess not). Any permanent solutions?
Previously I tried acetone on a Q-tip to get the individual bugs & their white stuff on the leafs, then spraying them with slightly soapy water on watering days. So far I’ve just placed the pot outside so my other plants don’t get infested.
1ft to light, direct
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 5 days ago
@beaubatea unfortunately there is no permanent solution. I wished there was. Using the method you did before works great.

Mealybugs can be treated by pruning, and dabbing a rubbing alcohol soaked cotton swab on the infested areas. I don’t recommend using Acetone on it.

Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with few drops of Dawn dish soap and 1 quart (32oz) of water. Spray the whole plant, not only where mealybugs are visible. Repeat the treatment once or twice a week until the issue is gone.
Alcohol and wiping them off is a great way BUT you have to do that every other day for at least two weeks.

Spraying is with soap has allowed them to shake it off and keep going. I would recommend putting your rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and checking your plant throughly every day or every other day.

As for the permanent solution, @KikiGoldblatt is right - if you have plants, you'll have bugs. Personally, I think mealy bugs are the easier of the pests to get rid of. (:

I keep an insecticidal soap on hand and I spray my plants like some people mist their plants. 😉 I spray my plants several times a week ESPECIALLY if I think I saw a spider mite or an aphid.

Consistency is the key to keeping pests away.

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