Will dish soap kill mealybugs?
Any soap will effectively suffocate the mealybugs as the soap coats the bug and also breaks down their protective waxy layer. Just mix the dishwashing soap in water and spray on the plant twice a week until all white spots disappear.
How do you treat mealybugs?
On small infestations on houseplants, a 70% or less solution of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol in water may be dabbed directly on mealybugs with a cotton swab to kill them or remove them.
What plants kill mealybugs?
Oil derived from the Neem tree has insecticidal properties in addition to being a fungicide and having systemic benefits. Clean mealybug infestations with a moist cotton ball. Spray affected area after, and continue to spray once a week until all white spots disappear.
How do you kill mealybug eggs?
You can also make a liter of orchid-safe mealy bug spray by combining distilled water and isopropyl alcohol 50/50 along with a teaspoonful of liquid castile soap in a spray bottle. Spraying alcohol will help kill off mealybug eggs. Spray on the plant (orchids) lightly, early in the day.
How do I know if I have mealybugs?
The most apparent characteristic of a mealybug is its white color, though they can also be light pink or a bright yellow-green. The second hard-to-miss sign you've got mealybugs are the white egg sacs that look like cotton. Females can lay up to 100 eggs per sac, so if you see these it's definitely time to TAKE ACTION!