UK Risk Register Details for Phenacoccus peruvianus

Pest has been archived

This pest has been assessed for the Risk Register and is considered to pose a low risk to the UK. The information on this pest was correct as of 04/08/2020, but is no longer actively maintained. It will only be updated if new information is received which indicates the potential for a significant increase in risk to the UK.

This record was last updated on 04/08/2020

Common Names

  • bougainvillea 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
This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 2
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] 2
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
Spain Present
Greece Present
Turkey Present
United Kingdom Absent
France Present
Italy Present
Portugal Present
South America
Argentina Present
Peru Present
Tunisia Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Alternanthera Forssk.
  • Araujia sericifera Brot.
  • Aucuba japonica Thunb.
  • Baccharis L.
  • Bougainvillea Willd./Comm. Ex Juss. Corr. Spach
  • Bougainvillea glabra Choisy In Dc.
  • Buddleia (=Buddleja) L.
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Cestrum L.
  • Cestrum nocturnum L.
  • Citharexylum quadrangulare Jacq.
  • Eupatorium L.
  • Justicia L.
  • Myoporum laetum G.Forst.
  • Solanum L.

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

UK (2011)

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Not currently listed

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


No statutory action against findings

General Comments

Mealybug pest of Bougainvillea spreading rapidly around Mediterranean, following introduction from South America. Detected on a Capsicum crop in Austria in 2014 (but now eradicated). Growers should monitor for its presence and take appropriate action.