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How to Get Rid of Bugs on a Hibiscus Plant

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.


Things You Will Need

  • Insecticidal soap
  • 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Spray bottle


  • 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.