UK Risk Register Details for Phenacoccus solenopsis

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

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Hemiptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Carica papaya L.
  • Helianthus annuus L.
  • Hibiscus L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Nicotiana plumbaginifolia Viv.
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Ocimum basilicum L.
  • Parthenium hysterophorus Linnaeus
  • Sesamum indicum L.
  • Simmondsia chinensis (Link) C.Schneid.
  • Solanum melongena L.
  • Solanum muricatum L'Herit. Ex Ait.
  • Euphorbiaceae (family)
  • Malvaceae (family)
  • Solanaceae (family)
  • Asteraceae (family)
  • Fabaceae (family)
  • Gossypium hirsutum

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

UK (2013)

EU and EPPO Listing

Not currently listed

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings on plants for planting

General Comments

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.

Risk Records for this Pest