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Holly Infestation

John Grumbine innocomp at nb.net
Fri Jul 9 14:06:29 EST 1999


Guy Bradley wrote in message <37864179.975C723A at inlink.com>...
>Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld wrote:
>>
>> My holly bush is totally infested with something I cannot identify. The
>> underside of almost every leaf has multiple white silky deposits of
>> consistent shape and size: about 1 centimeter long, 3 millimeters wide
>> and ½ millimeter thick. Some of the plaques have a black spot at one
>> end. Although it has not caused a large proportion of the leaves to be
>> damaged, some are dropping off, completely brown (I don't know if the
>> leaf damage is related to the white stuff).
>>
>> Any ideas as to what may be the problem and how to eradicate it?
>
>I'm not sure and have never had this infestation on my holly, but
>consider scale. These insects have sucking parts and are white and about
>the size you describe. They do attach themselves to the undersides of
>the leaves. Holly leaves are pretty tough, so these guys must be
>desparate.


It's worth noting, if you're not familiar with scale insects, that scales
don't look anything like you would expect insects to appear.  They have no
legs or other discernable bodyparts - they just look like a lump of
something stuck to a leaf or branch.



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