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Cottony Cushion Scale

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Cottony Cushion Scale presents on the undersides of leaves and on branches, covering them with white, cottony, cushion-like masses.  Leaves will yellow and will most likely drop.  Often, a sticky black substance called “honeydew” will coat the leaves.  This is caused by the withdrawal of tree sap from the leaves and branches.  The insects are unable to fully digest the sugars and the black “honeydew” appears.  Sometimes, a sooty mold will also grow on the “honeydew.”

Use Systemic Insect Spray to combat.




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Scale insects are some of the most destructive pests of shade trees and ornamentals, but few are serious forest pests. Read More

Mealy Bugs

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Thanks to the NC Cooperative Extension for this information:

If you enjoy house plants there may come a time when you must deal with a mealybug
infestation. Female mealybugs are soft oval insects without wings. Read More


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Aphids are common pests that can attack a variety of home garden and landscape plants. They are typically found clustering on succulent young shoots and leaves, although some species occur on flowers, twigs, branches and roots. Read More


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Whiteflies are closely related to aphids, mealybugs and scale, all of which feed by sucking sap from plants. Whiteflies can be found on the undersides of leaves and are active during the daytime when the temperature is warm. Read More

Canker worms

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Cankerworms are becoming more of an issue in North Carolina and throughout the Eastern half of North America from Texas to Nova Scotia.

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