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RUBBING ALCOHOL

Rubbing Alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) can be used to control some household insects such as scales and mealybugs.

Prepare a small container of rubbing alcohol. Using a cotton swab or cotton ball, dab the alcohol on the insect. Wait several minutes and wash off the plant.

Alcohol can dry out a plant, especially the buds and growing points. Rinsing with water within five minutes should prevent damage. Avoid using rubbing alcohol on the plants' growing points.

See: Scales, Mealy Bugs

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