Mealybug

Common Name

Mealybug

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

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Cultural Methods of Control

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Scientific Name

Pseudococcidae

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