Inspection Report Week of May 16, 2016

May 18 and August 23 are typically when the cameo stage of Florida wax scale (FWS) is seen in Mobile. This picture was taken on May 18, so this year they were right on time. Sprays for FWS are the most effective at this stage. This is an easy pest to control because it is…Read More

Inspection Report Week of May 9, 2016

Japanese beetles were seen in two traps on May 12 along Highway 43 in Axis. A trap located at the site of the highest numbers in previous years had 162 beetles in it. This is a high number for this early in their 6-8 week adult-activity period, which typically ends in mid-July. Areas around the…Read More

Inspection Report Week of April 25, 2016

Pests seen this week: Spittlebugs on wild blackberry, whiteflies on hardy daisy gardenia, egg stage of Florida wax scale. Bagworms should be emerging now on conifers such as arborvitae, spruce, juniper, cedar, and Leyland cypress. However, they can occasionally be found on other plants as well. Look for old bags and new foliage being fed…Read More

Inspection Report Week of April 11, 2016

Cogon grass is full seedhead stage, coinciding with tax time… The seed heads are a great indicator where the grass is so that it can be treated with herbicides. This week’s rainy weather made for some ideal conditions for plant diseases, such as powdery mildewon Japanese red maple and fire blight on Indian hawthorn at…Read More

Inspection Report Week of March 21, 2016

Pests seen this week: In addition to the usual mites, aphids, and scale, two types of scale were seen on bromeliads, and Florida wax scale was seen on loquat and rosemary. Botrytis was a big problem in a retail outlet this week. Rainy conditions made for perfect conditions for this fungus. If plants were wet…Read More