How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Predators and parasites of mealybugs

Naturally occurring predators and parasites provide good control of many mealybug species, unless these beneficials are disrupted. For instance, the parasitic wasps Anarhopus sydneyensis and Arhopoideus peregrinus help to keep longtailed mealybug populations at low levels outdoors. Leptomastix dactylopii is an important parasite of citrus mealybug.

An important predator of the citrus mealybug and other exposed species is the mealybug destroyer,Cryptolaemus montrouzieri.

Mealybug destroyer adult and larva
Mealybug destroyer adult and larva


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