Taxus Mealybug

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Taxus Mealybug

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The taxus mealybug is a white, fuzzy-looking insect that sucks the sap from needles and stems. The excreted honeydew makes a sticky coating on the stems and needles. Black sooty mold will grow on the honeydew.

Infested plants may have sparse foliage, depending on the severity of the infestation. Heavy deposits of honeydew will cause much sooty mold that in turn block sunlight and interferes with photosynthesis. The insects are usually found where branches join.

Chemical controls include dormant oil or Orthene.

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