Jim G
Jim G
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  • Suffolk, VA
Asked on Jul 12, 2018

What is this on my Crape Myrtle?

ClaudeRuth P. HakulinLandsharkinnc
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q what is this on my crape myrtle
question is what are the white things on this Crape Myrtle and how do I get rid of them? Never seen before. ** Thank you,
4 answers
  • Vimarhonor
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Hello Jim, I’m guessing it might be scale.

    Here’s a link to some photos —to compare to what you’re seeing.


    And if its scale you may want to treat the critters.


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    Best wishes with your management of your Crepe Myrtle problem. I hope this helps.

    • Jim G
      on Jul 12, 2018

      Thank you. I am going to try the Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Protect and Feed Concentrate. (I also read for small infestations, to cut limbs with them on it, or use alcohol soaked cotton and smother them?? I'll try a little of both on different limbs to see what works fastest..... then BOTH if need be! :) actually from the reviews I think the Bayer product will work. (and a jug of alcohol is cheap and worth trying anyway.)
  • Ruth P. Hakulin
    on Jul 13, 2018

    I use Neem Oil. You can buy it in the garden section. Just keep spraying daily. On a tree you can scrape it off after spraying. The spray suffocatea the bugs. I use it on my gardenina plants.
  • Claude
    on Jul 13, 2018

    there are things you need to know about need before you use it. In the pest control world it is a cannon. You don’t need to apply daily. You may have to reapply after rain. Do not use it in full sun. Do not use when bees are awake. Contact when wet will kill them. Use with care. It is a naturally occurring product but then so is arsenic.

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