Common Name

Mealy Bug

Seasons of Activity

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

Areas of Plant Affected


Scientific Name

pseudococsus longispiness

Key Distinguishing Feature

Mealybugs excrete a sticky substance called honey dew, providing a perfect medium for sooty mold 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/100sqm

Rumbler - 12-44mL/100sqm