Papaya mealy bug Paracoccus marginatus is an invasive pest. The pest was first observed in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu during 2008 on Papaya crop. Rapid spread of P. marginatus among agricultural and horticultural crops of economic importance was noticed. The pest assumed serious status across many economically important and horticultural crops of Tamil Nadu followed by its spread to the adjoining States of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and subsequently in Tripura and Odisha. A strategy for promoting bio-control along with survey and surveillance programme has been adopted for the suppression of this potential pest. At present there is no report of serious pestilence due to this pest and the pest is below economic threshold level in all the areas where pest is reported in India.