Crape Myrtle Trees

Crepe Myrtle Pest Problem


Anonymous added on June 23, 2011 | Answered

My crepe myrtles have small white bugs on the branches and webs around the leaves in some areas. What is this? How do I get rid of it? Also, saw the webs on a cleyera and camellia. And the hibiscus in a pot near the crepe myrtle has a white cottony substance on the stems of the plant.


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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 24, 2011

Sounds like it may be any one of the following pests: Mealybugs or scales, which commonly affect many types of plants, both indoors and out. OR it could be attributed to the azalea bark scale, which is a seemingly new pest on crepe myrtles. It is an insect that is white and cottony looking and sucks the plant juices from the branches. OR cottony cushion scale.

Here is a list of articles that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/azalea/azalea-bark-scale.htm
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PDF/PESTNOTES/pncottonycushionscale.pdf

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