Answer: What you describe sounds like Mealybugs which are soft-bodied insects that are often covered with cottony white filaments. They are about 1/8 inch long, with pinkish or yellowish bodies. You may want to collect a few affected leaves and take them to your local cooperative extension office or well staffed nursery for a positive diagnosis. If they are mealybugs, BonNeem Insecticidal Soap will control them.
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