Hibiscus pests problem

For the 1st time I seem to have a different looking insect on 1 of my Hibiscus pants. It has a white cotton candy looking webs, with white eggs ""floating"" in them. What are they and how do I get rid of them? I've never seen anything like this before and, so far, these are only on 1 of the 3 Hibiscus'. I tried water spraying them off, but they're back the next day or 2. HELP!
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Thanks for writing. It sounds as though you might have mealybugs or snow scale. There are a couple of ways to treat them --- you can try a systemic insecticide, which is absorbed by the plant and makes it poisonous. Or you can use an insecticidal soap or neem-oil-based spray and spray your plant once a week or so for four consecutive weeks to kill all generations of this pest.



Good luck!



---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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