- Date 6 Apr 2021
Unfortunately for growers around the world, the increase in more sustainable pest management strategies has seen an unintentional rise in unwanted pests such as Mealybugs on greenhouse crops. This destructive pest, once contained by strong miticides to treat spider mites, is now able to thrive in greenhouse conditions as growers increase their reliance on biological controls. In Kenya, the recent arrival and rapid spread of the Papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus is a development that rose growers around the world need to monitor closely. Just like the Coffee mealybug, Planococcus kenyae, the Papaya mealybug species is a quarantine pest that can spread viruses along fresh cut flower pathways and significantly affect crop productivity, quality and quantity.
But it doesn’t have to be a losing battle – with early integrated pest management strategies, you can contain Mealybug infestations before they become too widespread and costly to resolve. Here’s five essential control methods that rose growers can use to manage Mealybugs.