Mealybugs

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A.M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Mealybugs (Planococcus citri and P. kenya)

Minor Pest Description: 

Mealybugs infest fruits and foliage. They can be serious pests in the warm season, if natural enemies, which usually control them, are destroyed by spraying with pesticides.

 

They are 3-5 mm long, soft, elongate oval and somewhat flattened

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Conserve natural enemies. Mealybugs are usually controlled by a wide range of natural enemies. However, use of pesticides may kill these natural enemies leading to mealybug outbreaks.
Minor Pest Position: 
1
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
199
Pest Type: 
insect
Host Plants: 
Passion fruit