Mealybugs attach their piercing and sucking moutparts to the base and stem of new foliage. Preferring shade, they are often located under the leaves. These insects begin their activity at the beginning of spring and remain active throughout the year. It is possible to have as many as 5 generations of adult insect production in a year. During the cold season, they hibernate under bark or in other protected/shaded areas.
The presence of mealybugs also attract ants, wasps, and other insects that feed on them.
Trees and Plants at Risk
This insect is commonly found on many types of fruit and vegetable vegetation. It generally targets new growth on plants and will quickly infest adjacent plants if not treated quickly.