The Problem


Order:Pseudococcus Long Tailed Mealybug:Pseudococcus longispinus

What are Mealybugs?

Mealybugs are small insects covered with a white mealy coating; some have white
hairs attached to their bodies. The bugs feed by sucking on the plant juices. Mealybugs excrete a sticky
substance called honeydew which ants like to feed on. The honeydew also provides a perfect medium for
sooty mould growth. Mild temperatures and high humidity are perfect conditions for mealybugs to breed
as eggs hatch every 2-3 weeks. Prolonged hot weather reduces numbers.

What are the symptoms?

New growth appears distorted with a whitish substance in the leaf axils.
Close inspection will reveal the bugs.

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