How to Get Rid of Whiteflies for Good on All Your Plants

Mealybugs, small oval-shaped insects similar to scale, possess soft bodies and are commonly found in concealed areas such as where leaves meet stems and beneath leaves. They may also inhabit soil and roots, making detection challenging.


Mealybugs are particularly drawn to citrus trees and tropical plants like fiddle leaf figs and hibiscus, although they can infest a variety of plant species.

Preferred Plants:

Look for signs of mealybug infestation, such as white patches on plants and a sticky substance known as honeydew.

Spotting Infestation:

If an infestation is identified, isolate the affected plant to prevent the spread of mealybugs to other plants.


Dab affected areas with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to kill and remove mealybugs and honeydew residue.

Rubbing Alcohol:

For outdoor plants, use a strong jet of water to dislodge mealybugs, rinsing away sticky residue and dirt.

Water Jet:

Follow instructions carefully when applying insecticides, ensuring safe and effective use to protect both plants and environment.

Application and Safety:

Repeat chosen treatment every few days until no signs of mealybugs remain. For severe root infestations, disposal of the affected plant may be necessary to prevent spread to other plants.