Japanese hollies, particularly ‘Helleri’, are not very tolerant to low soil moisture, particularly for the first several years after planting. Wax scale can be 3-8mm in diameter and are white, cream, pink, or gray. Follow the product label for rate and application directions. This “spine spot” is often confused with the slits made by the holly leafminer. The shell also makes it difficult to use a pesticide because it has trouble reaching the insect inside. An insecticidal spray containing one of the following active ingredients will reduce damage by adult spittlebugs: acephate, bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, or permethrin. Black Root Rot: Black root rot is caused by the fungus Thielaviopsis basicola. In South Carolina, the native holly leafminer (Phytomyza ilicicola) is the most common. Populations of southern red mites usually peak in spring and fall. There are other subtle differences between the two groups (Table 1). Plants with extensive root rot damage will usually decline and die during dry periods. Good cultural practices, such as proper fertilization, control of soil moisture, and providing good drainage (raised beds) will reduce the disease. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson UniversityClyde S. Gorsuch, PhD, Emeritus Faculty, Entomology, Clemson University, Joey Williamson, PhD, HGIC Horticulture Extension Agent, Clemson University. Finally, ants farm soft scale insects. This is usually applied prior to new growth to kill both adults and their eggs. Tea scale – Tea scale is most common on the underside of camellia and holly leaves. Horticultural oil sprays kill by suffocation and can provide excellent control of all scales. The eggs hatch in about four days. Planting too deeply and over-mulching may also contribute to disease development. The Florida wax scale, Ceroplastes floridensis Comstock, is one of the most commonly encountered soft scales throughout the southern United States, where it is a serious pest of citrus and several ornamental plants, like holly. Phytophthora Root Rot: The water mold fungus, Phytophthora cinnamomi, causes root rot on hollies growing in very poorly drained sites or wet areas. OF SOF'r d C \ L.E S . There are two types of scales, soft or bark scales and hard or armored scales (Tables 1 and 2), which can be differ-entiated by their feeding habits. They range from 1/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter and may be nearly flat to almost spherical in shape. More than one spray may be required. Holly Tree Pests. Soft scales and certain other types feed on phloem sap and excrete abundant, sticky honeydew, which drips on plants and surfaces underneath and promotes the growth of blackish sooty mold. Pest description and damage Brown soft scale are yellowish to dark brown insects (adults are usually darker). These turn reddish-brown and finally black by fall. Holly pit scale (Asterolecanium puteanum) is a pest on American, ‘Burford’, Japanese, and Yaupon hollies. Southern Red Mite: Southern red mite (Oligonychus ilicis) is an important pest of hollies, especially I. crenata ‘Convexa’, a Japanese holly. They are typically found on the undersurfaces of leaves and look like small brownish or grayish bumps. Keep plants watered during periods of drought. On extensively infested hosts, there is a general decline in plant health, with limb or branch death, and possibly plant death. Practice cultural techniques to prevent or reduce the incidence of plant diseases, including pre-plant soil improvement, proper plant spacing, crop rotation, applying mulch, applying lime and fertilizer based on soil test results, and avoiding over-head irrigation and frequent watering of established plants. Purple Leaf Scorch: The most common leaf discoloration is a purplish blotch due to the environment rather than a fungus. Holly tree pests such as scale, mites, and holly leaf miner are the most commonly seen affecting hollies. Drench = Add to water and pour around base of plant. Scale insects also secrete a sticky liquid called honeydew, which promotes the fungal disease black sooty mold. Scale insects generally look more like tiny growths on the foliage rather than actual bugs. Often, the root system will continue to disintegrate until the plant dies. Cottony camellia scale is a soft scale that feeds on camellia, holly, yew, euonymus, sweetbox, and maple. Look on the stems and beneath the leaves for rounded, black or brown bumps no larger than 1/4 inch long. The larvae then tunnel through the leaf between the upper and lower surfaces. They lay white cottony ovisacs (egg masses) on the. Plant decline is often the only symptom, followed by gradual stunting, chlorosis, and leaf drop. This fungus primarily affects the root system and reduces plant vigor. Some species may be found on the branches as well. REC, Lower Eastern Shore Common Soft Scales Wax scale – There are many species of wax scale that look similar (Figure 1). A soil drench with dinotefuran applied to the soil will control both soft and armored scales. The scale used in the table is pounds-force. Scale insects are small insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Sternorrhyncha.Of dramatically variable appearance and extreme sexual dimorphism, they comprise the superfamily Coccoidea.Adult females typically have soft bodies and no limbs, and are concealed underneath domed scales, extruding quantities of wax for protection. Remove infected plants and replace with other shrubs or resistant holly species, such as Chinese holly (Ilex cornuta). The nymph (immature stage) is white or yellowish and without wings. See Table 1 for examples of products containing these active ingredients. If infestations are heavy and sooty mold is objectionable, spray horticultural oil in the dormant season. Save For Later Print. To avoid introducing these pathogens, purchase hollies with healthy roots and good foliage color. Control: Light infestations of scale can be scraped off by hand or infested branches pruned out. These products are either granules or liquids that are applied around the base of the hollies. However, it is the resulting second generation of adults that cause the most damage, both in lawns, but also in nearby ornamentals, such as on certain types of hollies. Plant resistant varieties into nematode-free soils. If spraying is required, always spray late in the evening to reduce the direct impact on pollinating insects. The adult female inserts eggs into young leaves through puncture wounds made by her ovipositor. All recommendations are for South Carolina conditions and may not apply to other areas. Scales vary in appearance depending on age, sex, and species. Tar Spot: This disease is caused by the fungus Phacidium curtisii. Scale insects (armored scales, soft scales) All types of woody ornamentals and trees. The fungus thrives in areas with poor drainage and warm soils. Articles. Soft scales (Figure 6) also secrete a waxy covering, but it is attached to their bodies. Hatching occurs through much of the year rather than in discrete generations. A second generation of eggs is laid, again in turfgrass, where the nymphs will feed. Spine Spot: Small, gray spots with purple halos are caused by the puncturing of the leaves by the spines of adjacent holly leaves. They feed on sap by piercing the leaf or stem with their mouthparts and sucking. Only the soft scale bugs produce this liquid, which tends to drip on leaves and objects below it. Control: In late summer or early fall when damage occurs, apply an insecticidal spray to control the adult feeding. ON . Soft scales vary widely in color, size, and shape. Monitor the crawler emergence with sticky cards, double-faced tape wrapped around a branch, or by putting an infested shoot or leaf into a baggie and watching for crawler movement. COVID-19 Extension Updates and Resources ... More Information », Factsheet | HGIC 2055 | Updated: Jan 13, 2020 | Print | Download (PDF), Damaged Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) roots infected with black root rot.Division of Plant Industry Archive, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, www.forestryimages.org. Inspect your holly bush to confirm that a soft scale infestation is causing the black sooty mold. Use pesticides only according to the directions on the label. Adult females are about 1/8 inch long, oval and yellowish tan with a brown margin. This information is supplied with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement of brand names or registered trademarks by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is implied, nor is any discrimination intended by the exclusion of products or manufacturers not named. Caution: Pollinating insects, such as honey bees and bumblebees, can be adversely affected by the use of pesticides. Some soft scales may also have a hard covering present, but it will be smooth or with ridges, but no overlapping layers. Disease Syptoms Pathogen/Cause Management; Leaf scorch: Circular to irregular, tan spots appear in early spring or summer. Those ants will protect the source of their honeydew. Fungicides can be effective on a preventative basis only, and repeat applications are required. Aboveground symptoms may include stunting of terminal growth, shortening of internodes, and interveinal chlorosis. This leaf scorching is caused by the presence of water or ice on the leaves at the time the sun is shining brightly. BIOLOGY OF THE SOFT BROWN SCALE , COCCU S HE SP ERIDU.-i . Control: Naturally occurring predators of mites include various predatory mites, ladybird beetles, and other insects. Dinotefuran may move into shrubs more quickly than imidacloprid for faster pest control. These insects can secrete a waxy covering that protects them from the environmen… Adults, eggs, and cast skins (white) of southern red mite (Oligonychus ilicis).John A. Weidhass, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, www.forestryimages.org. Leafminer damage on American holly (Ilex opaca).Daniel Herms, The Ohio State University, www.forestryimages.org. Heavy infestations in the spring may cause the leaves to turn light green. Greedy scale (Hemiberlesia rapax) is an armored scale that has been reported on ‘East Palatka’ holly. Leafminer damage has neither a gray center nor a purple halo. Prevention & Treatment: Presently there are no effective chemicals registered for control of nematodes in existing landscape plants. 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Crawlers hatch through June and remain on the undersides of the leaves through winter. Photo Credit: ©2006 Buglady Consulting Black sooty mold was found on these magnolia leaves. LINN ., AND . Photo Credit: ©2002 Buglady Consulting The newly hatched crawlers move about the plant for a few days to several weeks before attaching to feed. Apply all chemicals according to directions on the label. Root rot pathogens are often introduced into the landscape on diseased container plants. This causes a scalding, followed by invasion of secondary organisms and finally by scorching. As an alternative, a soil application of dinotefuran or imidacloprid is effective in controlling the larvae within the leaves. The bumps might look waxy, fuzzy or smooth. Males are soft and white with a ridge down the back. The drainage of existing areas can be improved by using raised beds. For heavier infestations, spray with a horticultural oil in the early spring to kill adults. Scale insects are a diverse group of piercing-sucking pests (Hemiptera) commonly found on ornamental plants in landscapes and nurseries. Check other nearby woody plants for infestations. * Fletcher scale * Apple aphid on crabapples * Honeylocust spider mite. ), or botanical oils can help control many small insect pests and mites that affect garden and landscape plants. Soft Scales (Coccidae) Over 60 species of soft scales occur in Florida. (3) Prune heavily infested plant parts when possible. Look for lady beetles and other beneficial insect populations associated with scale infestation. Aboveground symptoms may include stunting of terminal growth, shortening of internodes, and interveinal chlorosis. It is also reported on beautyberry, jasmine, mulberry, and hydrangea. Fungicides, Insecticides & Miticides to Control Diseases & Pests of Hollies. There's also an oleander scale. The cottony white egg sacs of this soft scale appear on undersides of leaves (Figure 1) in May and egg hatch (Figure 2) occurs during June. Mites are not insects, but are more closely related to spiders. Infected roots are dark brown to black, usually starting at the root tips. Crawlers settle on undersides of leaves and begin to feed on leaves during June. Typically, yellowing of the leaves (particularly at the shoot tips), early leaf drop, slowed plant growth, and twig dieback are seen at early stages of the disease. Florida red scale and purple scale attack citrus. Additionally, there are less toxic spray fungicides that contain sulfur or copper soap, and biological control sprays for plant diseases that contain Bacillus subtilis. American holly (I. opaca) cultivars are particularly susceptible to leafminer damage. Yaupon holly (I. vomitoria) and American holly (I. opaca) are moderately resistant, while Japanese hollies (I. crenata) are very susceptible to black root rot. The paths they follow turn yellowish brown and typically broaden into a blotch. There can be up to five generations per year. Horticulture oil may be sprayed when temperatures are between 45 and 90 degrees and no rainfall is predicted within 24 hours. Scale … Updated: July 31, 2016. Read and follow all label instructions and precautions. However, it is very important to always read and follow the label directions on each product. Mites can be removed with a strong spray of water, if applied on a regular basis. During the growing season use horticultural oil or insecticidal soap to conserve beneficials. Control: With a light infestation, homeowners can handpick and destroy infested leaves. Soft scales include black scale, brown soft scale, Kuno scale, lecanium scales, and tuliptree scale. Slow growing with a brown margin foliage rather than a fungus for accurate application, homeowners can handpick destroy! 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