Vine mealybug, Planococcus ficus
The vine mealybug is foud in Southern Europe, the Middle East, Southern US and Southern Africa on grapes, figs and pomegranets. It feeds on sap in roots, stems, leaves and fruit, causing deformation, stunting and leaf yellowing and can vector virus disease. It can cause econmic damage at low population densities. Mealybugs can produce 4-10 generations per year and this prolific reproductive and are difficult to target using chemical insecticides. Monitor the number of winged males using Impact boards with Planococcus ficus pheromone lures. In order to manage this group of pests, monitor and reduce the number of winged males entering / within crops by using Delta traps with Planococcus ficus pheromone lure.