Prepare a small container of rubbing alcohol. Using a cotton swab or cotton ball, dab the alcohol on the insect. Wait several minutes and wash off the plant.
Alcohol can dry out a plant, especially the buds and growing points. Rinsing with water within five minutes should prevent damage. Avoid using rubbing alcohol on the plants' growing points.
See: Scales, Mealy Bugs
Articles in this collection were copyrighted 1995 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. For full copyright information about the articles in this encyclopedia, click here.