Asked by: Vergelina Berrocosohobbies and interests beekeeping
Do ants eat mealybugs?
Last Updated: 19th March, 2020
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Also to know is, why do ants protect mealybugs?
Ants "farm' some insects like aphids and mealybugs. They protect them from predators, and they get honeydew in return. How? The mealybugs secrete the honeydew from their anuses, and the ants drink it.
Beside above, where do mealy bugs come from? They are a really common houseplant pest. They come from warmer climates and can come into your home (or outdoor plants) by bringing home infested plants from a nursery. They spread from plant to plant and feed off of growth points.
Likewise, how do you get rid of mealybugs?
Clean mealybug infestations with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Simply dab the critters and rub them away. The alcohol strips away the waxy coating leaving the mealybugs exposed. After you cleaned your plant, spray it with alcohol.
What bugs eat mealy bugs?
Naturally occurring predators of mealybugs include lady beetles, green and brown lacewings, spiders, minute pirate bugs, and larvae of predaceous midges. The mealybug destroyer lady beetle, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, is the most important of these predators in many areas.