How to identify a Mealybug infestation
MEALY BUG CONTROLLER
- Mealybugs also called "woolly aphids", include many species with a wide range of host plants.
- The waxy insects that feed on a wide variety of plants including grapes, trees, as well as indoor, outdoor and terrace garden plants.
- They feed by piercing-sucking and can resemble soft scales.
- They can be major pests on certain crops such as wine grapes in California
- Mealybugs may have up to six generations in a year.
- It may overwinter under bark as egg sacs or as first instar nymphs.
- This is the case in grapevines and some other orchard crops.
- The bodies of mealybugs are distinctly segmented and mealybugs are usually covered in wax
- Mealybugs are sometimes confused for other types of insects such as soft scales.
- Adult mealybugs are usually observed as females which are wingless and look similar to nymphs. Adult male mealybugs have wings but are rarely seen.
How to Identify a Mealybug Infestation?
- The plant is covered with small, white-to-grey insects with a cottony or wooly covering clustering close to the soil or near the growing tips.
- Honeydew is present on plant surfaces, with or without sooty mold.
- Infested plants may have a distorted stem and or new growth.
- Reduced plant vigor and health overall after mealybugs have been identified.
- Ant presence near new growth harvesting honeydew.
Mealybug life cycle
- After egg laying, females die and the eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days into tiny yellowish crawlers (nymphs).
- The long-tailed mealybug is slightly different in that females give birth to living young.
- The complete life cycle can take six weeks to two months depending on the species and the environmental conditions
- Adult female mealybugs can lay between 100-200 or more eggs in a 10-to-20-day period.
- They produce eggs that remain with the female until egg hatch.
- However, Mealybugs also produce sticky honeydew and wax which often coincides with black sooty mold, which also reduces plant vigor and fruit quality.
- Small populations of mealybugs may not result in significant damage, but higher populations can result in leaf drop.
- Therefore, Root feeding mealybugs can cause plant decline and decreased vigor. These are not seen unless the plants are dug up and roots exposed.
How to use Mealy bug controller
- Treating mealybugs with insecticides can be challenging for two reasons their waxy covering can repel many insecticides and also they usually hide under bark, in plant crowns or in other regions that hard to reach in spray method
- For greenhouses, house plants and terrace garden, spot treatments are recommended after that A 70% or less solution of Mealy bug controller mix in water can be used and spray in plants to kill
- It suppress populations of mealy bug.
- This can be applied at any stage of plant growth.
- This will kill all stages of mealybugs on contact.
- it helps to limit population growth and control mealybugs in low numbers.
- It increases plant growth and yield.
- Ensures eco-friendly and safe.
In conclusion, Mealybugs are attracted to plants with high nitrogen levels and soft growth; they may appear if you overwater and over-fertilize your plants. so, Take care of your plants with Mealybug controller
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