Blueberry Mealybug

Blueberries November 14, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
Mealybug. Image courtesy of Dr. John Meyer, NCSU.

Blueberry Mealybugs are 3 mm to 4 mm long and white to light pink with a waxy covering.

Facts:

  • Adult female mealybugs lay light brown, oval eggs in a white, fluffy material near roots.
  • Mealybugs are found on the roots of bushes, usually in association with ant colonies.

Damage:

  • High populations can lead to poor plant growth and decline.

Scouting:

  • Plants must be unearthed to confirm infestations.

Control:

  • Contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for recommendations.

Sources:

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.