Mealybug Destroyer

Mealybug Destroyer you’ll need to look closely to identify your mealybug destroyer friends: The hairy white larvae closely resemble their prey.

Patrol Route

Mealybug destroyers are native to California and the western coastal region of the United States; they’re also sold commercially.

Mealybug Destroyer

Good Deed

Both adults and larvae prey on aboveground species of mealybugs found on citrus, grapes, greenhouse ornamentals, and houseplants.


Adults are oval lady beetles, 1?3 inch long, with black wing covers; the head and the tip of the abdomen are coral colored. Larvae are cream colored, segmented, and covered with long, waxy hair; they resemble mealybugs. Eggs are yellow ovals.

Getting Them on Your Side

` Conserve native populations in your garden by avoiding the use of pesticides. ` Release 250 to 500 in small orchards or vineyards; release 2 to 5 per infested plant in interior plantings, twice yearly; on houseplants, confine 10 to 20 adults on each plant for 4 to 5 weeks by draping sheer curtain material over the plant and tying it around the pot.