Mealybugs Insecticide

Pseudococcidae Insecticide

Description of Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae):
Mealybugs are small, soft-bodied insects which have sucking mouthparts. The females are oval in shape and can be up to 5mm long. They are white or whitish-pink in colour and are generally covered in a white waxy material. They have filaments made of wax around the edge of their bodies and tails. Most mealybug species lay eggs. However, the long-tailed mealybug gives birth to live young, whilst the citrus & vine mealybug produce quantities of "waxy wool" in which they can lay up to 500 eggs.
Egg laying may take up to 10 days and reduces the size of the female mealybug considerably. The female dies once she has completed laying her eggs. Once hatched the young, or "crawlers" as they are sometimes called, are very mobile. They disperse rapidly and find suitable sites in which to feed and settle. The females continue to feed until they are mature enough to lay eggs.
The complete life cycle takes approximately 50 days at 20ºC (68ºF), this is reduced to 25 days at 30ºC, higher temperatures may inhibit egg laying.

Control Options for Mealybugs

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Control
Suppression
No Control
Preventative
Curative
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Broadcast Treatment
Label Rate:
0.25 - 0.5 fluid ounces per 1,000 sqft
Cost Effectiveness:
Covers 192000 - 384000 square feet
at a cost of
$0.10 - $0.21 per 1,000 sqft
Preventative
Curative
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Broadcast Treatment
Label Rate:
0.4 - 0.6 fluid ounces per 1,000 sqft
Cost Effectiveness:
Covers 26667 - 40000 square feet
at a cost of
$1.12 - $1.68 per 1,000 sqft
Instructions:
Apply when pests become evident. Apply as a broadcast spray in a minimum of 2 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet. Delay irrigation or mowing for 24 hours after application for optimum control of surface-feeders such as cutworms and webworms.
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