Pest Type: Insect
Damage to Plant: Leafs are distorted and yellowed; growth is stunted. Honeydew excreted by mealybugs attracts ants and promotes sooty mold.
Common on houseplants, these sap feeding aphid relatives are also found outdoors in warm climates. The name ‘”‘mealybug'”‘ refers to the female insects’ powdery wax coating- a shield that prevents insecticides from penetrating. Colonies are often dense enough to make a cottony mound on leaves or, more typically, on stems.
Life Cycle: Each female lays about 600 eggs in a protective sac. Pale yellow nymphs hatch, then wander over the plant before settling down to feed; overlapping generations feed in the same cluster. Mealybugs can over winter as nymphs or eggs.