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UK Risk Register Details for Phenacoccus solenopsis

This record was last updated on 10/08/2020

Common Names

  • cotton mealybug

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 1
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 4
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 36

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 1
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 4
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 36

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Cyprus Present
Spain Present
United Kingdom Absent
North America
United States Present
Mexico Present
South America
Argentina Present
Brazil Present
Chile Present
Colombia Present
Ecuador Present
New Caledonia Present
Benin Present
Cameroon Present
Egypt Present
Ghana Present
Nigeria Present
Sierra Leone Present
Israel Present
Iran Present
China Present
India Present
Indonesia Present
Pakistan Present
Sri Lanka Present
Taiwan Present
Thailand Present
Vietnam Present
Central America
Belize Present
Guatemala Present
Panama Present
Cayman Islands Present
Cuba Present
Dominican Republic Present
Guadeloupe Present
Haiti Present
Jamaica Present
Martinique Present
Saint Martin Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Abutilon Mill.
  • Acacia Miller
  • Amaranthus L.
  • Ambrosia L.
  • Asparagus L.
  • Boerhaavia L.
  • Carica papaya L.
  • Cestrum L.
  • Chenopodium L.
  • Citrullus Schrad.
  • Convolvulus L.
  • Conyza Less.
  • Corchorus L.
  • Cucurbita L.
  • Euphorbia L.
  • Ficus L.
  • Gossypium L.
  • Helianthus annuus L.
  • Hibiscus L.
  • Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linnaeus
  • Ipomoea L.
  • Jasminum L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Mentha L.
  • Nicotiana plumbaginifolia Viv.
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Ocimum basilicum L.
  • Parthenium hysterophorus Linnaeus
  • Physalis L.
  • Plumeria L.
  • Portulaca L.
  • Sesamum indicum L.
  • Simmondsia chinensis (Link) C.Schneid.
  • Solanum elaeagnifolium Cavara
  • Solanum melongena L.
  • Solanum muricatum L'Herit. Ex Ait.
  • Solanum nigrum L.
  • Solanum tuberosum L.
  • Suaeda (= Sueda) Forssk. Ex Scop.
  • Trianthema L.
  • Euphorbiaceae (family)
  • Malvaceae (family)
  • Solanaceae (family)
  • Citrus
  • Asteraceae (family)
  • Fabaceae (family)
  • Gossypium hirsutum

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

UK (2013)

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Not currently listed

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings on plants for planting

General Comments

Polyphagous mealybug. Watching brief for potential impact on tomato production in the Mediterranean. Other southern European countries likely to be more at risk. Precautionary action will be taken on findings on planting material to protect glasshouse crops and botanical gardens.

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