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Leaf Infection

Description: Leaf spots, or infections of leaves, are caused by a variety of fungi and some bacteria. Leafspots are seen more frequently in late summer as

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Powdery Mildew

Description: Many fungi fall under the category of powdery mildew. Some plants can withstand being infected and not have serious injury. Begonias can die from a

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Root Rot

Description: There are many different types of root rot affecting both urban and forest trees. High soil moisture content and high temperatures are common factors. They

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Seridium Canker

Description: Seridium canker is caused by a fungus and is the most damaging disease of Leyland cypress. The fungus will destroy the cypress’ form and eventually

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Verticillium Wilt

Description: Verticillium Wilt is a serious vascular disease of hundreds of woody and herbaceous plant hosts. One group not affected by verticillium wilt is the gymnosperms,

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Bacterial Leaf Scorch

Description: Bacterial leaf scorch (BLS) is a chronic, eventually fatal disease that is most noticeable in theearly fall. Urban trees such as sycamore, red maple, dogwood,

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Apple Scab

Description: Apple scab is a serious disease in virtually all apple-producing regions worldwide. If not controlled it can cause extensive losses where humid, cool weather occurs

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Anthracnose

Description: Anthracnose is a disease that has decimated much of the native Dogwood populations in the forests of the United States. Dogwood anthracnose affects all above

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Lace Bugs

Description: Adult lace bugs are approximately one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch long and have a highly ornamented wing and a hood-like structure covering the head.

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Lecanium Scale

Description: Lecanium scale is a term used to refer to any of a dozen species of soft scales associated with shade trees and woody ornamentals and

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Obscure Scale

Description: Obscure scale is a key pest of oak but will also attack a wide variety of other trees such as hickory, walnut, maple, willow, beech

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Orange Striped Oak Worm

Description: Orange striped oakworms are most often recognized in the caterpillar stage because of their defoliation of oak trees. They have been referred to as a

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Southern Pine Beetle

Description: The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) is a native insect and a natural part of the Southeastern forest. It is also the most destructive pest of

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Spider Mites

Description: Spider mites are not insects but are more closely related to spiders. They have four pairs of legs, no antennae and a single, oval body.

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Wax Scales

Description: Scale insects are commonly mistaken for something other than an insect. They are small, immobile and are covered in a waxy coating. Further complicating matters

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Japanese Beetles

Description: The adult Japanese beetle is broadly oval and nearly ½ inch long. The body is a bright metallic green with darker green legs. The wings

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Euonymus Scale

Euonymus scale most often affects euonymus, camellia, boxwood, bittersweet, daphne, Eugenia, English ivy, hibiscus, holly jasmine, privet, honeysuckle, olive and pachysandra. Heavy infestations are visible

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Fall Cankerworm

Cankerworms are caterpillars when in their immature phase and develop into moths as adults. They are common native pests to hardwood trees in North America.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Description: The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a small (1/32 inch), reddish purple, aphid-like insect that covers itself with a white, fluffy secretion. It is a

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Dusky Birch Sawfly

Description: Sawfly larvae are often mistaken for caterpillars. However, sawflies are different in their habits and how they must be controlled. Caterpillars grow up to be

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Boxwood Leafminer

Description: Boxwood leafminer is the most serious insect pest that attacks boxwood. A beautiful row of boxwoods can suddenly turn yellowish in color and decline

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Borers

Description: The immature, or larval stage of insects, particularly beetles and moths, that feed on wood rather than leaves or plant juices are referred to

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