Mealybugs
( Planococcus citri (Risso) )

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Mealybugs
Underside of Plumeria Leaf

Mealybugs
Underside of Plumeria Leaf

Mealybugs
Underside of Plumeria Leaf

Mealybug Damage
Warped & ILL formed leaves

 
     Mealybugs are scale insects that live under white, woolly masses, and suck sap and nutrients from plants.  Mealybugs seem to love a few varieties of plumeria, while others growing close by remain unaffected.  Mealybugs suck plumeria leaves, and cause them to grow warped and mis-shaped.  If left unchecked mealybugs can totally stunt a plumeria's growth.  Plumerias usally recover after the bug are brought under control.

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How to Control Mealybugs on Plumeria

1.  Keep the growing area clean and free of fallen leaves.
(Keep the Greenhouse area as clean as possible)

2.  Carefully remove and place badly infected leaves into trash bags.

3.  Blast all existing leaves clean with a water hose.

4.  Move plants into a more open and sunny area.

5.  Improve the air circulation in greenhouse area, and as weather permits remove plants, and blast them clean and free of all mealybugs and mites.

6.  Insecticides : Bug-B-Gon Multi-Purpose Garden Dust 
or comparable insect dusting product.

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