Pest Guides




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  • Adults 1 to 5mm. Mealybugs are usually covered with a white waxy powder and have soft pink bodies. They are segmented and have a waxy filament extending from their rear giving the appearance of a tail.


  • The citrus mealybug female produces about 600 eggs, which are laid in structures called ovisacs.
  • The eggs hatch in less than 10 days into small nymphs, which move about the plants and locate feeding sites.
  • There may be up to six generations per year.


  • Mealybugs feed on a very wide range of host plants.
  • Mealybugs stunt plant growth, causing leaf distortion or loss, yellowing, and in some cases, plants can be killed.
  • Mealybugs produce large amounts of honeydew, which can coat plants and surrounding surfaces with a sticky layer.