Little White Fuzzy Bugs: Is It Important and Urgent to Kill Them?

The biodiversity in our garden is important to maintain for so many reasons. There are certain life forms whose appearance may not be attractive to our eyes but they can contribute so much to the building of soil and improving the quality of or plants. But what about these little white fuzzy bugs?


Possible classifications of the little white bugs

Mealy bugs

One of the most common white bugs in the plants is called mealy bugs. They are predominant in warmer areas. They love sucking from the saps of the tissue plants. They produce honeydew as they feed on the foliage. The honeydew makes the specific part sticky and although the honeydew itself does not injure the plant, it buoys up mold growth in plants.

​White Flies

Although the name may be counterintuitive, these insects do not necessarily fly or jump around. They may be microscopic like russet mites but they can produce so much harm n the plant. Aside from sucking up the juices of the plants, they produce honeydew as well as a waste. The presence of honeydew predisposes the plant to fungal diseases.

For other possible types, you may check my other blog post about tiny white bugs in soil.

How to Know if We Should Kill Them​

Technically speaking, if you were able to identify your bug as a disease-producing one, you should take action as soon as possible. On the other hand, if you are still clueless about which kingdom they belong to, you might spend some time observing your plants.

Assess if they are showing signs and symptoms of deteriorating health. Expert gardeners may not need too much time to decipher this but if you are a newbie you will need to conduct more research and even ask knowledgeable people.

You might want to check the leaves, the stems, and even roots. Basically, you will see changes in color, weakened structure, and deformities in plant parts. Check your fruits and vegetables; do they easily rot? Are your flowers showing stunted blooms?

Is it Important and Urgent to Kill them?

If the above mentioned things are positive, you must quickly eradicate the bugs as there is a huge chance that they are the culprits. Letting them stay longer may bring further complications to the growth and development of the foliage. They might also travel from one plant to another and reproduce.

​Effective Ways to Kill Harmful Bugs

We should not always immediately resort to the use of chemicals. There are natural ways you can get rid of these harmful plants such as:

Using Neem Oil

The presence of neem oil interrupts the life cycle of pests. It only targets the presence of unwanted bugs but not beneficial insects. You may use a mixture of neem oil and water every week by putting it on your best pump sprayer and drizzle it on the plant.

Cooperate with Beneficial Insects or animals

There are creatures in the world that will love to work with us. Instead of using chemicals, we can employ predators in our ecosystem. They will be happy to kill and feed on pests; this will, in turn, reduce their number for good.

Botanical insecticides

If you are dealing with more complicated infiltrations, you may opt to use this. They are mild compared to synthetic pesticides. They are easily broken down by natural means in the environment and has lesser side effects to the plant and life forms in your garden.


As a last resort, especially if you are growing organic farm, you can make use of chemicals.

For massive infestations, you can start with soaps made of insecticides. They have a formulation of short-acting pesticides and are perfect for eradicating insects with soft bodies such as larvae and tiny bugs.​

On the other hand, synthetic chemicals can also be your option. There are issues such as environmental concerns, bad effects on human health, and long lasting effects on insects and plants in the garden. The use of laboratory formulated chemicals should be considered as the last choice. Also, bear in mind that you should use only the ones approved by the government.​


The presence of little fuzzy white bugs can either be helpful or detrimental to the health of the plant; therefore, it is highly salient for you to identify them. By then, you will know whether you need to kill them or not.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Please share this article so you can also help other gardeners.


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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