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Papaya Mealy Bug

Paracoccus marginatus
HDOA Plant Pest Control New Pest Advisory

Plants Affected
  • Hibiscus, Jatropha Trees, Crotons
How They Eat
  • Sucking Mouthparts
Signs & Symptoms
  • Fluffy white material appears at base of leaves

  • Leaves get extremely sticky from honeydew

  • Leaves contort and become discolored

  • New growth stays small, is slow to appear or does not appear at all

How to Fix the Problem
  • Remove affected plants & debris on ground or cut off affected parts

  • Wash on a regular basis with water to kill adults, eggs and larvae

  • When spraying, you must spray often until the problem has receded and spray the ground as part of the lifecycle is off of the plant