Scale insects are among the most common, but also the most harmful. They can invade our plants, weakening them and even causing them to rot. If you’ve noticed mealybugs on your plants, you should know that it’s possible to get rid of them with all-natural pesticides.
By inserting their beaks into plants, mealybugs suck the sap from them, causing them to weaken or die, depending on the species of plant and the quantity of mealybugs.
As if that weren’t enough, mealybugs secrete a kind of molasses which, in turn, promotes the appearance of a black mold that dries out leaves and causes them to fall off.
5 natural pesticides against mealybugs
Tobacco is an excellent natural insecticide, and can eliminate mealybugs for good. Mix one liter of water with the contents of 6 cigarettes and let stand for 24 hours.
Finally, drain the solution and spray the plants. Alternatively, you can wipe a cotton ball soaked in the solution directly onto the leaves.
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one liter of water and two tablespoons of grated Marseille soap.
Pour into a spray bottle and spray directly onto plants every 7 days for at least 4 months.
Mix 6 garlic cloves with half a liter of alcohol and half a liter of water.
Filter the mixture to obtain a very liquid solution, then spray on plants and soil.
Garlic laundry detergent
Crush 150 grams of garlic and mix with 1 liter of water. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent and continue mixing.
Pour into a spray bottle and apply directly to plants.
Mix one liter of lukewarm water with 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.
Spray onto plants affected by scale insects.