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We read one time about making a homemade insect spray..

In a 4-6 liter pot with a lid, chunk up and boil as much rhubarb leaves as you can get in there.. As the leaves cook down, add water.. When you get a dark green mush, let cook, strain into a jar and put the lid on.. You will have a green pea soup type of product.. In a day or so it will settle out to a clear emerald green liquid.. Siphon this concentrate off and store.

Add about a cup of concentrate to 2 liter water with a tea spoon of dish soap.. Use in a refillable sprayer.. Apply often..

Seemed to help for us..
 

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If the plant can handle it, spray the mealybugs off with a hard stream of plain water. Then 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap to 1 litre of water in a spray bottle, misting at least once per week for 3-4 weeks (both sides of leaves) should do the trick.
I haven’t had much luck with neem oil however everyone else seems to so definitely worth a try.
 
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