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Holly Infestation

JwalkerH jwalkerh at EEOPRO.mindspring.com
Fri Jul 9 16:27:20 EST 1999

On Fri, 9 Jul 1999 15:06:29 -0400, "John Grumbine" <innocomp at nb.net>

>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
>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.
And they jump! when you touch them.

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