Gonna was them mealies right outta my hair, uh, hoyas

adaorand(UpstateNY)September 7, 2013

I avoid using chemical sprays as much as possible (allergies and pets), and have found a couple of household cleaning products that wipe out mealies and other pests.

Simple Green concentrate is non-toxic, biodegradable and harmless to pets. Use a weak dilution to fill suitable sized container for dunking. Support plant with one hand, turn upside down and submerge into solution. Hang or set pot right-side up, and after a few minutes, rinse with gentle spray of water. SG will kill insects and as a bonus, leaves are nice and clean. This can also be used as a spray.

I have also used this method with Pine-Sol. Do not use a pine scented product. The pine oil is what works.

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Simple green, huh? I'll have to try it as a spray.

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 6:38PM
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Thanks for the info.I will also give it a try.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 8:03PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

For the benefit of those who might wish to try your Simple Green method, perhaps a bit more detail with regards to what you qualify as a "dilute" solution?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 2:52PM
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Paul, I use the 30:1 ratio recommended for general cleaning as found on back label of bottle. I use the concentrate instead of the premixed spray for cost cutting measures. The green version has sassafras and smells wonderful. There is a lemon version, and I think orange also.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 1:44PM
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