Jack Beardsley mealybugs pose a significant threat to a range of Australian horticultural industries. The Jack Beardsley mealybug is known to affect 48 host varieties including citrus, capsicum, banana, tomato, orchids, pepper and hibiscus plants. It is important to limit the spread of Jack Beardsley mealybug from the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula. It is also known as short-tailed mealybug.
Soft oval-bodied insects. They:
The Torres Strait Islands and the Cape York Peninsula are the areas where the Jack Beardsley mealybug has been located.
Wind is a major factor in the spread of Jack Beardsley mealybugs, as well as the transportation of contaminated fruit and plant material.
It is important to limit the spread to the Torres Strait Islands and the Cape York Peninsula.
Tomato, potato, banana, orchids and hibiscus.
48 host varieties are affected by Jack Beardsley mealybugs including citrus, capsicum, banana, tomato, potato, orchids, pepper and hibiscus plants.
If Jack Beardsley mealybugs should become established on the mainland there is a high potential for colonisation, resulting in economic problems for growers.
Both home gardeners and commercial growers should be on the lookout for cryptic mealybugs. If you think you have found plants damaged by the pest, report it immediately to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
To prevent the spread of Jack Beardsley mealybugs, you should:
Biosecurity Queensland and the Australian Government's Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) have strict regulations in place to prevent the movement of risk materials between, and out of, their respective quarantine zones in the Torres Strait and on the Queensland mainland.