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Mealybugs on Succulents: Absolute Best Solutions

Mealybugs on succulents are like the plague. They spread from plant to plant and quickly kill any succulents they infect. There are two excellent methods of getting rid of mealybugs on succulents that will also prevent any injury to the succulent itself. Using one of these two methods, you’ll quickly solve the problem and get back to enjoying your succulents.

Solution #1: Diatomaceous Earth

The best solution for any insect infestation on plants is diatomaceous earth. This is the ground up fossils of ancient microscopic seashells. Diatomaceous earth kills mealybugs on succulents by cutting into the bug’s exoskeleton and causing it to quickly dehydrate and die. And, diatomaceous earth is a natural, organic solution that won’t hurt the plant or you and your pets.

Solution #2: Alcohol

If you don’t want to use diatomaceous earth, or you can’t find it, you can also use 70% isopropyl alcohol. Be sure not to use anything of a higher percentage or you could damage your succulent. Simply put the alcohol into a spray bottle and spritz onto your plant. If your succulent is delicate, dilute the alcohol down just in case.

Can I Get Rid of Mealybugs on Succulents Any Other Way

There are several insecticides that you could use to get rid of mealybugs on succulents. However, most of the commercially available insecticides will damage your succulent. Avoid these solutions just in case and opt for something more gentle.

What are Mealybugs

Mealybugs are flat, white little insects that look like flakes of dust or skin on top of your succulent leaves. They tend to form small groups at the base of a leaf, which makes them easy to find. Mealybugs are typically found in temperate climates, so the climate controlled atmosphere of your home is perfect for them.

How do Mealybugs Damage Succulents

Mealybugs eat new growth on succulents which cause the plant growth to stunt. They can also cause leaves to deform, or in the early stages, turn yellow. As the infection spreads, the symptoms spread. Before you know it, the succulent will die.

How to Prevent Mealybugs from Getting to Other Succulents

Okay, this may seem incredibly simple. But to prevent mealybugs on succulents nearby, simply put the infected plant in quarantine. Separate it from any other succulents by several inches if not an entire room. The farther away the infected succulent is, the less likely the mealybugs are to spread to other succulents.


It is a huge problem if you find mealybugs on succulents in your home. Not only can they kill the individual plant but they will kill other succulents nearby. The solutions is simple and there are two different ways to do it without hurting the plant. So don’t worry about it and get rid of your mealybugs!

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