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How to Get Rid of Bugs in Plants

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If you have a plant you will eventually encounter a pest. Some common pests that are found on plants include aphids and slugs. These pests can harm the plant if they are not removed. You can remove these pests with a pesticide, but all natural methods are just as effective, and much safer for all of the members of your family.

Place a bar of soap in a container of water. Do this at night before you go to bed.

Remove the bar of soap from the water in the morning when you wake up. Some of the soap will have dissolved in the water.

Add the corn oil to the soapy water.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake it up.

Spray the mixture all over your plants to remove the pests. This will kill the pests without harming the plant.

Natural Home Remedy For Getting Rid Of Mealy Bugs On Corn Plants

Bark, fallen leaves and other plant debris provide nesting material where mealybugs can hide. The simplest control method requires nothing more than periodic garden clean-up. Clean out any debris from fallen leaves from the top of the pots if you grow corn plants in containers. This method is best suited to outdoor plants, because the mealybugs are less likely to find their way back to the plant. Dilute 4 teaspoons of soap in 1 quart of water, and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Wipe the soap residue off the leaves after it dries. If you do use a soap spray, apply it in the evening when most beneficial insects are no longer out feeding.

Tip

You can substitute liquid dish soap for the bar of soap.

Once the pests are removed, you can spray your plant with the homemade solution every other week to keep pests from returning.

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