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How to Get Rid of Bugs on a Hibiscus Plant

The hibiscus is a genus of small plants known for vibrant pink and yellow colors. As part of perennial or annual shrubs and trees, this bright plant can also survive with minimal care, making it a popular variety for houses and gardens. Since the plant is tropical, many people move their hibiscus inside, where the threat of insects and white flies increases. It’s important to know how to eliminate bugs on your hibiscus immediately to avoid severe root damage.

Water your hibiscus plant at least 1 inch deep at the first sign of any bugs. Continue watering two to three times a day or whenever the soil is dry.

Purchase an insecticidal soap from your local home and garden retailer. Check the label before you buy the soap to be sure it's safe for your hibiscus plant.

Spray the insecticidal soap around the leaves. Follow the directions on the label so you only apply the required amount.

Add 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup of water to a spray bottle. Spray the mixture around your plant to deter white flies.

Hibiscus Plant Care

Plant your hibiscus in full sun. Plant rose mallow hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) in a sheltered spot out of the wind. Water your hibiscus regularly, at least once a week during the growing season, so that the soil is constantly moist, but not wet or soggy. Pruning to remove old wood keeps the plants healthy by letting in air and light to inner branches. Alternatively, set out sticky traps or use a natural pesticide such as insecticidal soap or neem oil to treat the pests.


Use a product that contains imidalcoprid to eliminate any white flies if they continue to appear on your plant. Continue to water and fertilize as necessary to maintain your hibiscus and stop bugs from returning.

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