Azaleas are in full bloom and a real treat in our Southern landscapes. These vibrant shrubs soften the edges of our urban environment and provide incredible color during the spring. Azaleas known to be hardy plants but only bloom for a short period of time, while in bloom, make sure they are protected from pest insects. A primary threat to these beautiful blooms is the Lace bug. In this post we'll share how to spot Lace bugs and recommendations on how to treat this pest.
The Lace bug is quite common. If your azaleas are not looking their best look a little closer. Lace bugs feed on the undersides of the leaves, leaving obvious damage. They suck the chlorophyll and sugars out of the leaves similar to how a mosquito drinks blood from animals. This causes the leaves to turn yellow and have a stippled appearance close up. The underside of the leaves will have small black dots where the Lace bugs have fed. Look at the underside of the leaves and you are likely to see Lace bugs this time of year. The insect is 2-3 millimeters long and have clear wings with dark veins that give it a “lacey” appearance.
The good news, Lace bugs are easily controlled through our Arborwise Plant Health Care Program. Our certified technicians have three top treatments they use when treating for Lace bugs. You can keep your plants happy & healthy with timely applications of:
- Dormant Oils: Applied during the colder winter months when trees are in dormant season.
- Soaps: Soaps can be applied to Lace bugs directly. If Lace bugs have been spotted on your Azaleas this might be the best treatment for your plants.
- Insecticide Treatments: Insecticide treatments is a great treatment to control a variety of insects that could be attacking your trees and plants.
For more information on keeping your Azaleas healthy, contact our Certified Arborists today to schedule your ArborWISE Consultation.