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How to get rid of mealybugs in plants, soil and pots?

I've been away from my Cape Town flat for 6 weeks, and find that mealy bugs have not only destroyed plants on my balcony, but have infested between layers of one terracotta pot. I have thrown out the plants. Should I replace the soil and the pots as well?

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Get a couple of ladybugs in, as they eat mealy bugs. and are good natural pest control.

If you've a pretty bad infestation, then get an insecticide containing "thiacloprid". But only use this on non-edible plants.

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