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Mealy Bug question

Posted by therustyone 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 31, 12 at 12:53

My tomatoes have had quite an onslaught
of Mealy bugs lately.
At first they were only on one plant,
"Mortgage Lifter".
And I had wondered if that particular variety
Was more susceptible than others.

But since, ALL the plants have them
to some degree or another.
I started out using Insecticidal Soap,
But after 3 bottles,
I decided that was too expensive.
So I bought a bottle of Ivory liquid,
And made my own soap spray.

Yesterday, I discovered that spraying the plants
With just the hose
Seems to get rid of the Mealy Bugs.

Now my question is:
Will they stay gone?
Or have they simply been knocked off the plant
And will crawl back on it
As soon as they dry out?

This morning I found just a few Mealy bugs,
But I figure (hope) they are from eggs
Or whatever they come from,
Rather than the 'old' ones
Crawling back on the plant.

So is simply 'washing' the plant with the hose
An accepted way of dealing
With the Mealy bug problem?
Sure is easier!


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Mealy Bug question

Thank you all for all the helpful comments ! ! !

And if anyone is actually interested,
Spraying plain water
with the hose nozzle on about 'medium'
Did just as good a job
as the insecticidal soap did.


RE: Mealy Bug question

I'm new here and these grayish little bugs are destroying
my tomatoes! There are a great many of them on and around
my tomatoes. They are eating holes in them. I am not a "true" gardener but I did plant a couple of this year.
I wonder if these are the same bug that you asked about.
I too would like to know how to get rid of them.
Good luck to you!

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