Sterilizing the plant and root system by soaking the roots in hot water to increase the root ball temperature between 115° to 120° degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. Sterilize or replace the pot. This effectively killed the mealy bugs and their eggs living inside the roots without harming your plant.
Herein, are mealybugs and root mealybugs the same?
Root aphids may be misidentified as mealybugs because they are covered with white wax; however, they are generally smaller than mealybugs. Root aphids may be smaller or similar in size (approximately 2 to 5 mm long) to most aboveground feeding aphids such as the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae).
Likewise, people ask, how do you treat soil infestation with mealybugs?
Traditionally, the only effective treatment for Soil Mealy Bugs has been to spray the soil with Acephate (as directed on the label) or with Malathion (1 teaspoon of Malathion 50 per 4 liters of lukewarm water). While this treatment does work, it usually takes several applications over a period of days.
Do mealy bugs stay in soil?
Mealybugs in Soil
Because they live deep in the soil and feed on roots, these mealybugs may not be visible at first glance, but they eventually cause the health of the plant to dwindle, says the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.
Remove scales by carefully scraping them off with your thumbnail or a plastic scouring pad. Dead scales flake off; if you find gooey stuff, they’re alive. Spray if necessary. The same treatments control both mealybugs and scale and they’re more effective when applied to young insects.
Root mealybugs, as the name suggests, will attack the plant’s lower portion, sucking out its sap and stored nutrients. Symptoms include wilting or yellowing leaves, and white colonies developing in the soil (pictured above).
Drowning mealybugs can work, but there is a chance the plant will drown as well. To kill mealybugs this way the whole plant will need to be submerged for more than 24 hours. The bigger the infestation, higher the likelihood some mealybugs will survive the drowning attempt.