Passionvine mealybug is a significant pest of more than 250 host plants in the Afrotropical, Australasian, Nearctic, Neotropical, and Oriental regions. Banana, citrus, cocoa, coffee, corn, grape, mango, potato, and soybean are among the more notable agricultural crops that may be affected by this pest.
Passionvine mealybug is among several polyphagous economically important pests of numerous crops. It has a similar host range and geographical distribution as other mealybugs, including P. citri. Because multiple species may occur on a plant host, it is difficult to estimate the economic impact of passionvine mealybug alone. In general, newly established species may adversely affect the environment in a number of ways. Introduced species may reduce biodiversity, disrupt ecosystem function, jeopardize endangered or threatened plants, degrade critical habitat, or stimulate use of chemical or biological controls. Passionvine mealybug is likely to affect the environment in many of these ways.
The passionvine mealybug is not known to occur in Indiana.