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
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