Mealybugs are a type of armor less scale insect. Of course one of the main pests of coleus mainly found on plants indoors not outdoors is mealybug.
Mealybugs are relatives of aphids adelgids and whiteflies visited in other bugs of the week.
Mealybugs on coleus. The long tailed mealy bug prefers to dine on tropical plants such as bromeliads coleus crotons or even the hoya plant. The wax covers the eggs of a common pest called the citrus mealybug. Someone donated a rather unhappy looking coleus for this week s bug tale.
Propagators by whose carelessness the bug spreads in this way will be the first to suffer by the calamity and it is time to look into it to save their customers from disappointment and themselves from loss. Often they seem to be found on all plants of a particular cultivar and on no plants of others. The mealy bug on coleus the mealy bug has got among the coleus family and done damage the past three years threatening to drive them out of culture.
They show up as white fuzz on the stems leaves and leaf axils. They use a lancet style of mouthpiece to pierce the plant and suck out the sap. Ferrisia gilli gill mealybugs gill s mealybug stone fruits such as apricot or peach are at risk from gill mealybugs as are some nuts like pistachio or almond.
Ants spread the mealybugs infestation as well. Coleus is generally a trouble free plant. Grapes and deciduous ornamentals may also be at.
This pest moves very slowly and can be easily removed through an application of alcohol or insecticide. Honeydew is the top food source for ants and that s why they protect mealybugs from predators and transport them to other plants. This poor plant tiny leaves withered branches flocked with small white tufts of cottony wax on the stem.
Ants spread the mealybugs infestation. Most common mealybug species are white and have waxy looking filaments covering their bodies giving them a fuzzy or hairy appearance. Mealybugs are tiny insects about 1 8 inch in length but their color and clustering habit make mealybugs easy to find on garden plants.
Controlling mealybugs on your indoor plants is a very important step in maintaining plant health. Coleus plants are sometimes attacked by mealy bugs which resemble bits of white fuzz though they may also be infested with whiteflies aphids spider mites and slugs. Mealybugs are found in almost all growing regions on the globe.
Mealybugs like aphids and other scale insects feed on the sap of the plants and excrete honeydew. In the past as this year we ve noticed they seem to prefer certain cultivars over others. Mealybugs are the most common pests of this plant.
But during stressful times one of the problems it can develop is mealybugs. Mealybug infestation can occur rapidly and increase exponentially causing a prize indoor plant to do poorly or even die. An exception is the hibiscus mealybug which is pinkish brown and lacks the.