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Alcohol for Mealy Bugs

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Beautiful JadeMealy bugs look like little bits of cotton on a plant. They seem to especially like juicy plants like jade, as they latch on to drink the fluids in the leaves.

Denatured alcohol or vodka
Cotton balls

1. If you can, take the plant outside and spray with a hose.
2. Saturate a cotton ball with alcohol and rub the infested areas.
3. Don’t rinse.

Eco-Win: It works
Eco-Fail: Resorting to toxic, synthetic pesticides
Reality Check: This formula costs pennies.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).


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