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    Heather on
    January 1, 2011
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    I am not an expert, but I have heard that mixing equal parts of flour, sugar and either baking soda or boric acid (Borax laundry detergent) is an organic, environmentally friendly and effective rat killer. Place it in areas that the rats go and they will eat it. The baking soda one is supposedly also safe for domestic animals as it kills the rats by swelling their stomach, and domestic animals like cats and dogs are able to relieve the swelling by belching and, therefore, are not hurt by the poison.

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    Nikki on
    January 3, 2011
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    No, they are not the same. They are two different types of bugs. That being said, their treatment is very similar. Here are some articles to help you with dealing with them:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/spider-mite-treatment.htm

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    WillCreed on
    April 8, 2018
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    Stickiness is a tell-tale sign of mealybugs, but not spider mites. Treat the mealybugs with a solution of 5 part water, 1 part alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap. The key to success is less what you use to spray and more how thorough you are in spraying the entire plant, including all leaf and stem surface.If you miss even a few, they will reproduce and come back later.

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    Nikki on
    January 28, 2011
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    While basically any type of vegetable or cooking oil may work (by suffocating the bugs), I would recommend the use of neem oil instead. It is very effective and safe for beneficial bugs as well as for humans and pets. Here is some information that may help:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    January 30, 2011
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    This article has some suggestions:
    http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/landscape/ants/ent-1002/

    A systemic solution was recommended by another extension service, but they did not name a product. A systemic product I like is neem oil. It gets into the plants and will kill off anything that eats the plants, so I would add that to the TAMU recommendations.

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    Nikki on
    February 10, 2011
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    They are less active in cold, but cold is not a guarantee that they will be eliminated. Consider spraying the plants with neem oil. We have found it to be very effective on killing scale. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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    Nikki on
    February 25, 2011
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    We are HUGE fans on neem oil for that. It is safe for humans and animals and beneficial bugs but is very good for keeping away damaging bugs. It is as effective as a pre-treatment as it is as a post treatment. Here is more information on it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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