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 leaves. Leaves may be spotted or deformed. When the condition is severe, leaves and plants may die.
Separate infested plants from those not affected. Apply an insecticide labeled for mealybugs. If only a few bugs are present, wipe them off with a damp cloth or with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol. Inspect new plants thoroughly before putting them in the house.