Cottonwood (Populus)-Azalea bark scale

Eriococcus azaleae

Pest description and damage This scale superficially resembles mealybugs in appearance. Mature female scales are about 0.125 inch long and appear like white cottony sacs, often located on twigs and stems of azalea, especially in branch axils. Eggs, crawlers and adults beneath the wax are red. Hosts include andromeda, azalea, rhododendron, hawthorn, poplar, willow, and most recently, blueberry in the Pacific Northwest.

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Management-chemical control

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