Hibiscus Plant Care
Hibiscus Pest Control
|Mottled yellow leaves that worsen  ||SPIDER MITES|
|Buds discolor & fall off  ||THRIPS|
|Buds turn yellow & fall off  ||GALL MIDGE|
|White mess on leaves
or white-colored flies near plant
|Black, white, or green visible bugs on plant  ||APHIDS|
|Bright white, small, cottony spots on leaves  ||MEALYBUGS|
|Bright white, tiny, specks on bark  ||SNOW SCALE|
|Small dark bugs flying around plant  ||FUNGUS GNATS
|Ants crawling on plant  ||ANTS|
FIRST IDENTIFY THE PEST!
We cannot stress this too much! You MUST figure out what pest you have. Each pest is treated differently, and no one pest control product will eliminate all the possible pests your hibiscus could have, no matter how long the list of pests on the bottle looks. If you go out and buy some kind of general pest control product, you may well end up stressing your plant and your wallet without even discomforting the pest that has infected your plant. If you buy the wrong pest control product, you could even end up aiding and abetting the pest infestation by stressing the plant and improving the pest's ability to get a foothold. There are a limited number of pests that infect hibiscus, so it is not as hard as you might think to figure out which one you have.
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to deal with insect pests. The links in the table above contain detailed information about the various insect pests that are found on hibiscus and how to control them. We say "control" because you can never eliminate any pest entirely. Even if you eliminate the pests completely from your own hibiscus, they are everywhere in the world around us. Our goal is to control them by limiting their numbers to the level where they do no visible harm and do not multiply out of control.
Control techniques include both chemical and non-chemical approaches. Chemical approaches can be organic (these pesticides are safer for humans and the environment but still require common sense precautions) or synthetic (this includes the pesticides made in the lab that are usually more effective but require following directions so as not to be harmful to the applicator). Non-chemical approaches are also referred to as organic, and do not involve any type of pesticide.
The chart at the top of this page will help you get started tracking down your hibiscus pests. Click on the name of each pest for complete information about that pest and its treatment. Our Hibiscus Doctor page also provides notes about and photos of symptoms to help you identify which pest you may be dealing with.