Citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri) is a common pest of citrus and ornamental plants in Florida. There are at least 27 plant families reported as a host for mealybugs. The pest is native to Asia, but it is also found in the Americas ... READ MORE
They creep in slowly with their unassuming soft-bodied nature settling in on plants like a meeting of tiny, friendly jelly donuts. Unbeknownst to the gardener, these insects, known as mealybugs, have inserted their mouthparts into the plant ... READ MORE
By Ralph E. Mitchell
Insecticidal soap is perhaps the most-used pesticide in my landscape. Its use as a topical spot treatment for many soft-bodied pest insects and spider mites is unequalled. Insecticidal soap is still an insecticide and ... READ MORE
Master Gardener Volunteer Diane Forrest discovered that battling mealybugs can be a difficult task here in Florida. Read all about what she learned while putting into practice University of Florida suggestions for controlling these garden pests! ... READ MORE
We have seen a little winter for the first time in several years, but don’t fret spring is almost here! As the weather warms up, pests that were basically hibernating in the egg or pupal stage will emerge as adults from their overwintering ... READ MORE
We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!
Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Anagyrus pseudococci (Fig. 1) is a well-known encyrtid parasitoid capable of developing on a variety of mealybug species ... READ MORE
On several occasions in 2011, succulents (Crassulaceae) for sale at retail stores in Florida were found with infestations of the mealybug Vryburgia trionymoides DeLotto. A traceback revealed that the succulents originated in California, ... READ MORE
The Tuttle mealybug, Brevennia rehi (Lindinger), is a pest of many grass species and occurs nearly worldwide, especially where rice and sugarcane are grown. Tuttle mealybug has been collected only rarely in Florida, and primarily from southern ... READ MORE
We are pleased to announce a new mealybug Featured Creatures!
a mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii Granara de Willink Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) inspector Lisa Hassell ... READ MORE
The citrus mealybug is a common pest of citrus primarily in greenhouses, and of several ornamental plants in Florida. It has been recognized as a difficult to control pest in Europe since 1813 (where it is called the greenhouse mealybug) ... READ MORE