- Lace Bug: Lace bugs target broad-leaf evergreens such as andromeda, azalea, and rhododendron.
Early detection is the key to combating an infestation. Look for yellow-silver stippling on the topsides of leaves.
- Mites: Mites pose a serious threat to a wide variety of plants, and can seriously impact the
visual appearance of a plant. Mites favor warm, dry climates, and are an serious issue for many homeowners.
Caterpillars: Tent caterpillars can weaken many trees and shrubs, increasing the chance of a secondary infestation.
Look for silken, yellow cocoons.
- Borers: Borers are attracted to unhealthy trees, burrowing
in and laying eggs inside the trunk. The best defense against borers is to keep your trees healthy and unstressed.
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: One of the most common pests, these insects can cause the death of a
tree if left untreated. They leave behind a telltale white wax and target primarily older trees.
Insects: These insects primarily target hardwoods and conifers. Some signs of an infestation include abnormal leaf
and shoot growth, yellow or red leaves, and branch gouting.
- Anthracnose Disease: This
fungal disease affects deciduous and flowering trees. Look for a spotting of foliage in spring and summer.
Injury: Even during mild winters, evergreens can lose moisture and be unable to replenish it. Thus, make sure your
evergreens have sufficient soil moisture.
- Weevil Insects: Weevils are commonly found
on flowers and fruits. Look for notches around the edge of leaves.
- Aphid Insects: Aphids
are small and pearl shaped. An infestation can cause yellow discoloration and defoliation.