We’ve seen a huge influx of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale this year and it’s becoming a big problem and you may want to know what it is and how it can be treated.
Crape Myrtle Bark Scale is a fairly new insect problem in our area that’s just developed specifically on Crape Myrtles in the past few years after coming up from Texas. This particular type of scale looks like a small white waxy lump and will always be located somewhere on the branch of the Crape Myrtle. Scale is an insect that feeds on the plant, and over time can kill it.
There are things that can be done to treat and prevent Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. At LawnAmerica, we use a very effective product. It’s a systemic insecticide that is absorbed through the leaves, stems and roots. The best time to treat for scale is in February/ March when scale is just coming out of dormancy and is most susceptible to insecticides. However, LawnAmerica can treat for scale at anytime of the year and it will produce fairly good results. Prevention of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale can, in most cases, be achieved by spraying them in February with Safari systemic insecticide and Dormant Oil, and then following up with a second spray in April/Early May.
If you are trying to treat scale yourself, aim for treating in February with a mix of Imidacloprid systemic insecticide and Dormant Oil. You will want to treat again in April. If the Crape Myrtles aren’t too tall, you can remove a good bit of scale by using a brush and a light soapy water solution. Keep in mind the treatments you can buy in stores is not as effective as professional treatments in scale treatment, but will definitely keep the scale at a manageable level and should keep your Crape Myrtles healthy.
If your Crape Myrtles aren’t looking their best, the professionals at LawnAmerica can help. Give us a call for more information or to schedule treatment.