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Mealybugs are a form of scale bug. These pests are small, ovular, and usually white-colored with an outer coating that looks fluffy or powdery. Mealy scale bugs are mobile because they have legs, and they can create patches of white, cotton-like material, which is a product of their egg sacs and any shedding they may do. They also excrete honeydew which can attract other pests such as ants. This honeydew can also create an ideal place for harmful molds to thrive.

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When a mealybug infestation is identified the plant should immediately be cleaned by scraping off any fluff from eggs shells and molts.

Any affected areas should then be wiped down with an organic cleaning mixture such as 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 10 parts water and wiping away any honeydew residue. If there is any leftover honeydew repeat the process in one day or when the plant has had time to dry off.

Mealy scale bugs can be removed manually as adults, or sprayed with some form of neem oil or insecticidal soap.

The larvae can be controlled by using predatory insects such as lady beetles or lacewing.