How can I stop mealy bugs attacking my flower plants?

Q.

Hi, mealy bugs continuously attack my flower plants. What can I do to get rid of these bugs and prevent it happening?

Cherrie Ellis

A.

Hi Cherrie, these little bugs are hard to control because they hide in the corners and crevices where leaves join stems and in flower buds. Their fluffy coat repels moisture and sprays. Look for a spray registered to treat mealy bugs on flowers. It probably needs to be systemic, so when the mealy bug sucks the sap of the plant it ingests the control and therefore dies. Your local garden centre will be able to advise on the best spray.

Consider removing the infected plants, and any debris from these plants to eliminate further contamination.

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