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December 2002
The Power of Small
Microscopic Mealybugs Spreading Northward
by Melinda Warner
It's a tiny, elusive creature, practically microscopic. This pest has several annoying traits that make it difficult to detect, hard to eradicate, and frustratingly easy to spread. The vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) has no comparison in terms of mobility to the GWSS--in fact only the males fly. But adult females are only 3 millimeters long and crawlers are even smaller, and can hitch rides hidden and unbidden in many ways. Because of its insidious elusiveness, everyone involved in California'...
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