Asked July 18, 2018, 2:02 PM EDT

Hello, my houseplant has mealy bugs, I want to move it away from other house plants while I treat with neem oil. If I put it outside will it infect my outside plants?

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

Hello and thank you for contacting AaE for help.

You only need to keep them away by several feet. I wouldn't recommend putting the plant outside. I've gotten mealy bugs on plants that I've put outside for a summer vacation on the deck. There are other approaches to the mealy bug problem listed in this Missouri Botanic page on mealybugs that may be of help.