Mealy Bugs are a hard pest to control.
Often chemicals are unsuccessful.
This predatory beetle Cryptolaemus is a specialist in clearing mealy bugs.
Temperture needs to be consistently over 20 degrees C.
The black- brown coloured lady beetle is a voracious mealy bug predator.
It will gobble up both larvae and adults.
Female adult beetles can lay a total of 400 eggs in hot spots.
One Cryptolaemus can consume up to 250 mealy bugs.
When prey is scarce they will also consume aphids.
Use regular introductions between June and August for effective control.