Forum trees infested with Mealybugs
The Forum’s Fiscus trees have an infestation of Mealybugs. Predatory insects, contained by large fleece wraps, have been introduced to treat the infestation organically.
To control the infestation in a pesticide-free, sustainable manner, Australian ladybirds (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), a species of predatory insect, have been introduced to the trees’ ecosystem to rid them of Mealybugs. This organic process poses no threat to people or other wildlife, and the ladybirds will not become a pest in their own right.
This organic process poses no threat to people or other wildlife, and the ladybirds will not become a pest in their own right.
The white fleece sheets shrouding iconic trees are a precautionary measure to contain the organic process and stop the insects escaping.
Mealybugs suck the sap from plants and trees, slowly killing them.