How to Get Rid of Mealybugs on Jade Plants


With their plump, glossy leaves, jades are distinctive and beautiful plants. They are hardy and easy to grow. Although they are quite pest-resistant, they are susceptible to mealy bugs. Mealy bugs are easy to spot by the cottony, white material they leave on the leaves of the plant. Mealy bugs feed on the jade's sap -- they weaken the plant and can eventually kill it if you don't t eradicate them.

Step 1

Separate the infected jade plant from other plants. Mealy bugs can easily migrate from one plant to another.

Step 2

Pick off larger mealy bugs with a pair of tweezers, removing as many as possible. Squish the pests and wash them down the sink.

Step 3

Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and dab each remaining mealy bug. Follow up with a soft cloth or another cotton swab dipped in fresh water to remove as much rubbing alcohol as possible. Too much rubbing alcohol can damage the leaves.

Step 4

Remove the top layer of soil to get rid of any larva that might be hiding. Add new potting soil in its place.

Step 5

Continue the process as often as needed. Mealy bugs can be very difficult to get rid of and may require several attempts.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Potting soil


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.