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Killing Mealybugs, Scales, Aphids, Spider Mites, etc.

How do I kill infestations of aphids on my euonymus vine? They have manifested thickly on the stems as well.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

By rebecca Parris from Boston, MA

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March 26, 20100 found this helpful

For around $10 dollars you can buy about a 1000 ladybugs who will be more than happy to clean up those aphids and probably a few of the others as well. They will likely also set up a colony near by and be around for years.

But it sounds as though your plant is having trouble for some basic reason. Soil balance or nutrition not right, moisture? The plant isn't doing well there, otherwise it wouldn't be such a victim, poor thing. Might need some companion plants as well that repel those bugs. I think soapy water also helps repel aphids.

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March 26, 20100 found this helpful

I use soap & water mixed in spray bottle,about half & half should do it, good luck.

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April 2, 20100 found this helpful

Try Safer-soap, a non toxic mild soapy spray. Can also be applied by wiping down the plant with a sponge, but when finished, throw the sponge away so you don't infect other plants.

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March 25, 2010

Alcohol kills mealybugs, scales, aphids, spider mites, white flies, slugs, and earwigs by acting as a surfactant, or wetting agent, that can penetrate an insect's waxy coat of armor..

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