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Hibiscus Covered in White Powder

mealy bugs on leaf

Have you noticed a white powder film on the stems and leaves of your hibiscus? One of the most common insect pests for hibiscus plants is mealy bugs. Mealy bugs damage the plant by sucking sap from the roots and leaves. Then, they produce honeydew, which gives the leaves and stems the moldy, white film. Leaves can begin to turn yellow and droop, eventually drying up.   

Insecticidal soap and horticultural oil sprays are good approaches to get rid of mealy bugs, but the product must be sprayed directly on the insects, and repeat applications are usually necessary. The most effective and long-lasting treatment for these bugs are systemic insecticides, which can either be sprayed or applied to the soil.

You can find many options available for these sprays in garden centers, but be sure to follow proper label instructions. As always, Adam’s Pest Control is here to help.
Give us a call (888-600-7843), or visit our website if you have issues getting rid of these pesky insects.