Pine Needle Scale

What is it?

Aphid-like insects that typically produce a hard waxy shell and feed on needles of spruce and pine trees. They reduce vigor of the tree and can cause general decline over time.

What are the signs?

· White dots on needles

· Waxy, White scales

· Needle and branch dieback

Life Cycle

· Scales overwinter on needles

· Eggs hatch in May and June

· Two generations per year

Treatment and Prevention

· Reduce excess watering

· Mulch around the tree with POM

· Foliar or systemic insecticides are available to treat the scale during the spring.

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