Mealybug Control in Your Garden
Hemiptera : Pseudococcidae
Mealybugs get their common name from the white, powdery or ‘mealy’ wax material which covers the bodies of the adult females and nymphs of most species. Females and nymphs of many species also have white waxy filaments extending from the edges of their body.
Mealybugs are related to Scale Insects, and just like Scale Insects they are sap suckers. When Mealybugs are in large numbers, their feeding damage can be quite severe, including wilting and distortion of new leaves. Mealybugs excrete a large amount of honeydew, which promotes the growth of Sooty Mould and may damage plants further.