Answer: It sounds as though your ficus is being attacked by mealy bugs or scales. Both are common houseplant problems and both are sucking insects that excrete a sticky substance called 'honeydew'. Inspect your plant, especially the stems and under the leaves for signs of these insects. Mealy bugs have a white cottony appearance and scales often look like brown bumps. You can remove the insects by gently rubbing with a dampened soft cloth or cotton swab. Once you've rid your plant of the insects the sticky sap can be rinsed off and it shouldn't return.
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