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Most Common Weeping Fig Plant Pests:
Identification and Treatment Guide

Updated: July 2, 2023


The Weeping Fig plant, scientifically known as Ficus benjamina, is a popular choice for indoor and outdoor landscaping due to its attractive foliage and ability to adapt to various conditions. However, like any other plant, the Weeping Fig is susceptible to pests that can damage its leaves and overall health. In this article, we will discuss the most common pests that affect the Weeping Fig plant, how to identify them, and effective treatment methods to keep your plant healthy and thriving.


Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that feed on the sap of plants. These pests are often found clustered on new growth or the undersides of leaves. They can be identified by their pear-shaped bodies and a variety of colors including green, yellow, brown, or black.

To treat aphids on your Weeping Fig plant, start by inspecting the infested areas and gently spraying them with a strong stream of water. This will dislodge and remove many of the aphids. For more severe infestations, you can use an insecticidal soap or neem oil spray. Apply the solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure to thoroughly cover all affected areas.


Mealybugs are another common pest that affects Weeping Fig plants. These insects are small and have a white, cotton-like appearance due to the waxy substance they produce. Mealybugs typically gather in clusters along leaf veins or in leaf axils.

To eliminate mealybugs from your Weeping Fig plant, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to directly apply it to the insects. Alternatively, you can use an insecticidal soap or neem oil spray, similar to treating aphids. Regularly inspect your plant for signs of re-infestation and promptly address any outbreaks.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are tiny pests that are difficult to see with the naked eye. They are usually red or yellow and can often be found on the undersides of leaves, where they create fine webs. Spider mites feed on the plant’s sap, causing leaves to turn yellow and eventually drop.

To control spider mites on your Weeping Fig plant, you can use a strong stream of water to wash them off the leaves. Additionally, you can introduce predatory insects like ladybugs or lacewings, which feed on spider mites. If the infestation persists, consider using an insecticidal soap or neem oil spray specifically formulated for spider mite control.

Scale Insects

Scale insects are small, oval-shaped pests that attach themselves to the stems and leaves of plants. They have a hard, protective shell that makes them difficult to remove. Scale insects can be identified by their brown or black color and their tendency to form clusters.

To treat scale insects on your Weeping Fig plant, gently scrape off the pests using a soft brush or cloth. You can also use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to kill individual insects. If the infestation is severe, consider using horticultural oil or insecticidal soap to suffocate and kill the pests.

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats are small flying insects that are attracted to damp soil conditions. They lay their eggs in the soil, and their larvae feed on organic matter and plant roots. Fungus gnats can be identified by their dark bodies and long legs.

To control fungus gnats, allow the soil of your Weeping Fig plant to dry out between waterings. This will help discourage the growth of fungus gnats. Additionally, you can use sticky traps to catch adult gnats and reduce their population. If the infestation persists, consider using a biological control agent such as beneficial nematodes, which feed on the larvae.


Keeping your Weeping Fig plant healthy and pest-free requires regular inspection and prompt action. By familiarizing yourself with the most common pests that affect Weeping Fig plants and their identification, you can take the necessary steps to control and treat infestations effectively. Remember to always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when using insecticides or other treatment methods. With proper care and attention, your Weeping Fig plant will thrive and continue to beautify your surroundings.