Oval, white insects up to 1/4 inch long cluster in white, cottony masses on leaves, on stems, and in the crotches where leaves are attached. A sticky material may coat the leaves. Mold may grow on the sticky material. Leaves may be spotted or deformed. When the condition is severe, leaves and plants may die.
Separate infested plants from those not affected. If only a few mealybugs are present, wipe them off with a damp cloth or cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol. Apply an insecticidal soap labeled for this pest.