A small sap-sucking scale insect which is coated with a white powdery wax resembling meal and which can be a serious pest.
- Family Pseudococcidae, suborder Homoptera: Pseudococcus and other genera.
- They dart among flowers and lay eggs among clusters of aphids, mealy bugs, mites, scale and other pests where their larvae can feed.
- Insects such as ants, mealy bugs and thrips have been found in 37 out of 43 shipments, which then needed fumigation.
- Other common pests include spider mites and mealy bugs.
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