Common Name


Seasons of Activity

Mealybugs prefer mild warm conditions with temperatures around 25°C and high humidity. Populations can build rapidly if conditions become favourable as conditions cool into autumn.

Areas of Plant Infected


Cultural Methods of Control


Scientific Name


Key Distinguishing Feature

Mealybugs excrete a sticky substance called honey dew, providing a perfect medium for sooty mould growth.

Males are small aphid-like winged insects. Female adults are oval-shaped and covered by a white waxy coating giving them a mealy appearance, and are around 3mm long. They form colonies on shoots, stems, and leaves, developing into white masses.

Key Products for Control:

Recruit - 25mL/100m2

Rumbler - 12-44mL/100m2