What’s Eating Your Succulent Leaves

Succulent Plants

Yes, even household succulents that are small in size are prone to being eaten by a variety of pests. It’s important you take action as soon as you start to notice some random holes appearing on the leaves of the succulent plant. Otherwise, the plant will suffer and not be able to grow as well as it should. Here are the most common pests for succulents.


Mealybugs are one of the most common household pests that love to eat the leaves of the succulent plants. They are easily noticeable despite their smallness in size because they will leave a white web-like substance along the leaves of the succulent.

Mealybugs need to be dealt with quickly as they act like the plague. They will keep spreading unless you take definitive action against them. Fortunately, there are natural remedies to take care of these insects. You could, for example, try sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth along the leaves of the succulent or make your own neem oil solution.

Slugs and Snails

Slugs and snails will pretty much make their presence known on all types of household plants, including succulents. You could be dealing with these gastropods if you start to see irregular holes along the leaves of the succulent plant. You may also notice some slime left by the slugs and snails if the leaf damage is fairly recent.

To get rid of these pests, we suggest covering the perimeter of the succulent soil with things like broken egg shells or even used coffee ground. These natural ingredients may help deter the snails and slugs. Pay close attention during rainy, damp days.


Scales are another type of common pests that do a fair a bit damage on succulent leaves. You are most likely dealing with these pests if you notice small, brown holes along the leaves of the succulent. The leaves of the succulent will eventually wither and turn yellow if left untreated.

To get rid of these small insects, we suggest picking them off by hand as much as possible and dabbing them with alcohol-soaked cotton swabs. For people growing succulents at a large scale, it may also help to introduce beneficial insects to tackle the pest problem.