MULTAN -- The Punjab agriculture department has warned farmers to take special care of cotton crop as mealy bug
attack was witnessed in various areas of South Punjab.
Better to grow Tecoma stans , Leucophyllum frutescens or even the ubiquitous hibiscus, despite mealy bug
problems -- (try hybrids rather than the common or garden red flowered ones).
He said that federal and provincial research centers are working in cotton research and these centers have developed cotton varieties which would ward off leaf curl; a lethal cotton plant disease, succeeded against mealy bug
which was so drastic a bug that wrecked havoc on cotton fields and in past incurred 2-3 million cotton bales loss, moreover these centers have worked on methods where water could be saved and mechanization of cotton picking.
Zigzag beetle, Menochilus sexmaculatus Fabricius (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) is an important predator of cotton mealy bug
, Phenacoccus solenopsis Tinsley (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae).
Bay trees aren't usually bothered by diseases and pests, but once in a while, you may see a mealy bug
or scale damage.
The overall mean population of mealy bug
was comparatively higher (0.64/plant) at nursery farm followed by the research farm (0.47/plant) and (0.22/plant) at student farm.
Botanical insecticides have been found effective against mealy bug
, partiazadirachtin .
Brinjal aphid (Myzus persicae), Mango mealy bug
(Drosicha mangiferae) and Rice moth (Corcyra cephalonica) eggs were utilized for the experiment on predator C.
of Aphid, a hot spot of armyworm, and one Mealy Bug
Aenasius bambawalei were collected as mummified mealy bug
and isolated in gelatin capsules (10 mm in length) until adult emergence.
2010 also reported the variety of host plants that provided food for the mealy bug
and served as carry over for the pest.