Ground Pearl Control in Your Lawn
Ground Pearls are sap-sucking soil-dwelling root-feeding insects of the family Margarodidae, and they are related to scale insects. The ‘pearl’ part of their common name relates to second-instar nymphs, which are shiny spherical metallic cysts.
Ground Pearls are found in parts of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. They may occur in other parts of Australia, but their full geographical distribution is unknown at present. Wherever they occur, Ground Pearls can be a serious pest of lawn bowling greens and golf courses, a moderate pest of domestic lawns, as well as a significant pest of sugarcane in Queensland.