Mealybugs

Mostly these types of pests can be seen in fruit crops. They are oval-shaped and have a segmented body without a hard shell on the body.  They are 1 to 4 mm long, appear like small spots of cotton on the plant. Female mealybugs can lay eggs without mating.

Negative Impacts

They cause considerable damage to fruit crops. Most of the time nymphs and adult female mealybugs suck plant sap which will hinder the growth of plants. They secrete a waste(honeydew), which is a sugary liquid that can reduce the photosynthetic ability of the plant.

How to Get Rid of Them

Make sure to check the plants thoroughly, especially on sunny days. If you inspect such pests then immediately isolate the infected plant from the other plants. As a treatment for this problem you can wash it off by using soap spray, but use a diluted solution so that it won’t harm the plant. Or else, you can remove it manually using a cloth or cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

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