Seaside mealybug is one of the most common types of scale insects. The body of an adult female elongate-oval, length 3-4 mm, 2-2,5 mm wide, grayish-pink color, covered with white mealy coating. Legs are well developed. Males are much smaller, winged, fly all summer. Females lay eggs in the egg sacks, which are white fluffy shapeless mass of wax spider selections.
Typically, egg-laying females hide in secluded places: cracks in the crust, in the twisted leaves in the fork of branches. Larvae are small, mobile, yellow, completely devoid of waxy buildup. They quickly settled throughout the plant, are carried by wind, humans and animals to other plants. The larvae grow into adult insect in 1-1,5 months. Sucking all the juices from plants, they cause growth retardation, and then the death of the plant.
Damaged plants grow poorly and do not bloom. The allocation of scale insects colonize sooty fungus. The leaves turn yellow and fall off. Control measures. When lung lesions enough to wipe plant wash with soap solution. In severe cases weekly spraying of insecticide (Fufaev, aktellik, Arriva).