How do you treat pink hibiscus mealybugs?

Since they don’t move and are easy to see, they are easy to remove. If you have only one or two infected plants, use Q-tips and rubbing alcohol. Just dip a Q-tip in the alcohol, then touch the mealybug with the alcohol. It will start to eat through the waxy armor and kill the mealybug.

What does a pink hibiscus mealybug look like?

Description and Life Cycle (Back to Top) Adult mealybugs are small (about 3 mm long) and pink in body color but covered with a waxy secretion. The waxy filaments are short and females are usually obscured by this white mealy wax. When adults are crushed their body fluids are also pink.

How do you get rid of mealybugs?


  1. Dip cotton balls and swabs in alcohol and remove all visible mealybugs.
  2. Mix 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with few drops of Dawn dish soap and 1 quart (32oz) of water.
  3. Spray the whole plant, not only where mealybugs are visible.
  4. Repeat the treatment once or twice a week until the issue is gone.

How did the pink hibiscus mealybug get here?

Wingless crawlers and adult females have been known to travel short distances over the ground to get to other host plants in adjoining fields. Though the pink hibiscus mealybug is more likely to be spread through the movement of infested nursery stock, it may also be spread through agricultural commerce.

How do I stop my hibiscus eating mealybugs?

Soap Spray Insecticides Make sure that the temperature is below 90° degrees Fahrenheit when you spray. Also, move the plant away from light. Water the plant regularly to make sure it does not get damaged due to soap spray. Apply once a week until you effectively get rid of Hibiscus Mealy bugs.

What is the best pesticide for mealybugs?

Ortho® Rose & Flower Insect Killer Ready-To-Use is absorbed and held in the plant leaves and protect for up to 4 weeks. When the mealybugs feed on the plant, it kills them. The other way is to smother them with an oil spray, such as Ortho® Fruit Tree Spray.

How do I get rid of aphids on my hibiscus?

Apply rosemary oil or insecticidal soap to a hibiscus infested with many winged aphids, or to any plant whose aphid population is not reduced by water sprays. Coat the entire plant thoroughly, being sure to cover the undersides of leaves as well as the crotches of branches.

Are there different types of neem oil?

Neem products usually have one of two active ingredients. Azadirachtin is a substance derived from neem seed oil and is most responsible for killing and repelling insects. After the Azadirachtin is extracted from neem oil, the remaining material is called clarified hydrophobic neem oil.

What insecticide kills mealybugs?

Insecticides. Insecticidal soaps, horticultural oil, or neem oil insecticides applied directly on mealybugs can provide some suppression, especially against younger nymphs that have less wax accumulation.

Where is the pink hibiscus mealybug native to?

southern Asia
Native to southern Asia (Williams 1996), the pink hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus Green (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae), is an introduced pest in many parts of the world including Africa, Australia, South and Central America and more recently the Caribbean Islands and North America (Anonymous 2005; Kairo et al.

How do I get rid of white bugs on my hibiscus?

If the whiteflies are only on a few leaves, simply pluck the leaves from the plant and dispose of them. That may take care of the immediate problem. If the whiteflies are on many leaves, use your garden hose to wash the underside of the leaves to remove the whiteflies and their eggs.

What is the best pesticide for hibiscus?

Neem oil is an excellent option for hibiscus pest control. It’s made from oil derived from the seeds of the neem tree. Neem is best to use for the management of aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, and thrips. All these pests dine on the plant juices of the hibiscus.