This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. J. D. S., Upper Sandusky, Ohio, asks: "Is there any way to keep down mealy bug in my greenhouse? My gardener is at his wit's end."
[Usually they are kept down by continuous sponging. Diluted turpentine or coal oil has been used, but this requires judgment or the plants will be injured. - Ed. G. M.]
In reply to the question asked by Mrs. J. D. S., Upper Sandusky, as to the best means of getting rid of mealy bug, I see many remedies offered by different parties. We use alcohol applied with an atomizer and find it always efficient. It is easily and quickly applied, and does no injury to the plants; at least we have never noticed any harm come of its use on plants. Do not recommend its internal use to florists.